As we have discussed before in this blog, when a Missouri couple gets divorced, most property they own gets equitably divided between them. But only "marital" property, or property legally considered to belong to both spouses, is subject to division. Non-marital property, or things that belong to one spouse alone, goes to that spouse solely.
When talking about property division and divorce in this blog, we have often used terms like "marital property" and "non-marital" or "separate" property. Some things, like a house purchased during the marriage, are probably pretty clearly going to be marital property, while bank accounts kept in one spouse's name during the marriage have a strong claim for being separate property.
Family law is largely left to each individual state to create and amend. Though a lot of things, such as no-fault divorce, are now available in every state, each state has its own procedure and requirements for getting divorced there. It is important that you don't make a procedural mistake, or else your divorce might get significantly and unnecessarily delayed.
When you want to marry someone, make sure you are not currently married to someone else. Bigamy is against the law in Missouri, so you could find yourself facing criminal charges for trying it. It is also cause to void the second marriage, which could leave your second spouse with no right to pursue property division, spousal support or child support.
We have spoken a couple of times already in this blog about changes to Illinois' family law statutes, but so much has changed that a third post is necessary. Today, we will discuss how spouses no longer need to cite grounds for divorce to end their marriage sooner.