The Family Law Firm of St. Louis
At an initial consultation, which is always free of charge, you are the key player. Why are you here? What are your goals? Is there evidence that will support those goals? After we understand your positions and desires, we can lay out a path to put you in a position to realize those goals.
After the consultation, with any of the cases described on this website, whether it be a divorce or a guardianship, a case is started by filing a petition. Once the petition, and any other necessary initiating documents are filed, the opposing parties need to be served.
After the opposing party is served, that is when the real work begins. Together, utilizing our expertise and experience and your knowledge of the facts of your case, we start developing, uncovering, and obtaining evidence that will be used to support your goals in the case. The gathering of this evidence is important because, in most cases, depending upon the type of case and the county in which the case is filed, a number of court appearances will be required. At these Court appearances, it is our job to use the evidence that we have accumulated to persuade the judge to adopt your particular position in the case.
In all cases, there are only two ways to resolve the case. The first is by settlement, when the parties agree on what the resolution should be. This is accomplished by convincing the opposing party, his or her attorney, and the judge that your position will prevail at trial. However, we can’t force the other side to settle. And, sometimes, the other side will refuse to settle.
If the case cant be resolved by settlement, it has to be resolved by a trial. A trial is when we present the evidence that we have gathered to the Court. A trial is a highly technical process, and you should only trust the presentation of your case to a skilled and experienced litigator.