Branson Adoption Lawyer, Missouri


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John Cowherd

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Accident & Injury, Workers' Compensation, Adoption

John grew up on a dairy farm in Barry County, Missouri, and was the 6th of 7 children (of the 7 children, 4 became lawyers). After graduating from Cas... (more)

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Brandi Ward

Accident & Injury, Car Accident, Adoption, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  15 Years

Larry B. Moore

Adoption, Criminal, DUI-DWI, Litigation
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Robert Allen Grosser

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Consumer Bankruptcy
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John Deming Gore

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Bankruptcy, Child Support
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Jeffrey C. Goodnight

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Animal Bite, Criminal
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Scott A. Smith

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Bankruptcy, Child Support
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Michele Louise Wilson

Adoption, Family Law, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  37 Years

Hannah Elizabeth Versemann

Personal Injury, Elder Law, Adoption, Estate Planning
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  6 Years

David Lawrence Smith

Estate Planning, Adoption, Corporate, Collection
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  47 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

DISSOLUTION

A term used instead of divorce in some states.

CHILD

(1) A son or daughter of any age, sometimes including biological offspring, unborn children, adopted children, stepchildren, foster children and children born o... (more...)
(1) A son or daughter of any age, sometimes including biological offspring, unborn children, adopted children, stepchildren, foster children and children born outside of marriage. (2) A person under an age specified by law, often 14 or 16. For example, state law may require a person to be over the age of 14 to make a valid will, or may define the crime of statutory rape as sex with a person under the age of 16. In this sense, a child can be distinguished from a minor, who is a person under the age of 18 in most states. A person below the specified legal age who is married is often considered an adult rather than a child. See also emancipation.

FMLA

See Family and Medical Leave Act.

DEFAULT DIVORCE

See uncontested divorce.

HEARING

In the trial court context, a legal proceeding (other than a full-scale trial) held before a judge. During a hearing, evidence and arguments are presented in an... (more...)
In the trial court context, a legal proceeding (other than a full-scale trial) held before a judge. During a hearing, evidence and arguments are presented in an effort to resolve a disputed factual or legal issue. Hearings typically, but by no means always, occur prior to trial when a party asks the judge to decide a specific issue--often on an interim basis--such as whether a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction should be issued, or temporary child custody or child support awarded. In the administrative or agency law context, a hearing is usually a proceeding before an administrative hearing officer or judge representing an agency that has the power to regulate a particular field or oversee a governmental benefit program. For example, the Federal Aviation Board (FAB) has the authority to hold hearings on airline safety, and a state Worker's Compensation Appeals Board has the power to rule on the appeals of people whose applications for benefits have been denied.

ACKNOWLEDGED FATHER

The biological father of a child born to an unmarried couple who has been established as the father either by his admission or by an agreement between him and t... (more...)
The biological father of a child born to an unmarried couple who has been established as the father either by his admission or by an agreement between him and the child's mother. An acknowledged father must pay child support.

STEPPARENT ADOPTION

The formal, legal adoption of a child by a stepparent who is living with a legal parent. Most states have special provisions making stepparent adoptions relativ... (more...)
The formal, legal adoption of a child by a stepparent who is living with a legal parent. Most states have special provisions making stepparent adoptions relatively easy if the child's noncustodial parent gives consent, is dead or missing, or has abandoned the child.

NEXT OF KIN

The closest relatives, as defined by state law, of a deceased person. Most states recognize the spouse and the nearest blood relatives as next of kin.

ADOPTIVE PARENT

A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is deter... (more...)
A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is determined to be a 'fit parent' may adopt a child. Some states have special requirements, such as age or residency criteria. An adoptive parent has all the responsibilities of a biological parent.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Adoption of CMBR

800 Christopher M. Huck of Peterson Young Putra PS, R. Omar Riojas of DLA Piper LLP in Seattle, WA, William J. Fleischaker of Fleischaker & Williams LC, Joplin, for the mother. ... Richard L. Schnake of Neale & Newman LLP, Springfield, Joseph L. Hensley of Hensley & ...

In re Adoption of NLB

This case is a tragic reminder of how difficult it is to balance the best interests of a prospective adoptive child and the rights of a natural parent who opposes termination of his or her parental rights. NLB was born on December 12, 2004, and is now four years old. This termination/ ...

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance v. City of St. Peters

... RONALD R. HOLLIGER, Judge. This appeal challenges the City's adoption of tax increment financing ("TIF") for a 1,640-acre tract of farmland in the Northeast corner of the City (the "Area"). The circuit court granted summary judgment in favor of the City of St. ...