Understanding the Legal Grounds for Obtaining a Divorce

The journey through a divorce can be complex and emotionally taxing, but understanding the legal grounds for obtaining a divorce in Missouri is a crucial first step. At Jones Family Law Group, we’re committed to guiding you through this challenging process with clarity and compassion. Missouri’s approach to divorce reflects a balance between acknowledging the personal difficulties of marriage breakdowns and the legal requirements to dissolve a union.


Filing for Divorce: The Basics

Under Missouri Revised Statutes §452.310, the process begins when one spouse (the Petitioner) files a petition to dissolve the marriage. A critical prerequisite is that the Petitioner must have been a resident of Missouri for at least 90 days before filing. The petition needs to state that the marriage is “irretrievably broken,” a term that signifies an inability for the marriage to continue due to its breakdown beyond repair.


When Disagreements Arise

Divorce is rarely straightforward, and complications arise, especially if the other spouse (the Respondent) disputes that the marriage is irretrievably broken. In such cases, the burden falls on the Petitioner to demonstrate to the court that specific behaviors or actions by the Respondent render the continuation of the marriage impossible.


Coping with Divorce

Coping with the divorce process requires a blend of personal resilience and external support. Start by acknowledging your emotions, allowing yourself to feel sadness, anger, or relief, and understanding that these feelings are a natural part of grieving the end of a marriage. Lean on a support network of friends, family, and professionals such as therapists or support groups, who can provide empathy and guidance during this challenging time. Engage in self-care practices like exercise, hobbies, and mindfulness to help manage stress and maintain your well-being. Finally, stay informed about the legal process and actively participate in decisions about your future, as taking control of what you can during this uncertain time can empower you and help pave the path to recovery.


At Jones Family Law Group, we understand that every divorce is unique, filled with its own set of challenges and emotions. Our team is here to support and represent you through every step, ensuring that your rights are protected and your voice is heard. Whether facing a contested or uncontested divorce, our expertise in Missouri divorce law will be your beacon of hope and guidance towards a new beginning.