A Breakdown Of Our Family Law Services

Family law covers a wide range of legal services, and many of them are sensitive subjects. From divorce to adoption, family law cases can be highly emotional because they impact the people you care most about – your family. Our family law attorney in Osage Beach, MO knows how difficult it can be to work through a case that impacts your family, but we also know there is often some confusion when it comes to the different case types that the family law category covers. This week, O’Donnell Law Center is providing a break-down of some of the types of family law cases that we can assist with.


A divorce legally dissolves a marriage. But it often does other things, such as dividing marital assets, setting apart the non-marital property, determining custody, visitation and child support, and ordering maintenance. Some of these factors can be quite complicated to resolve, and as a result, can impact the length of time it takes to complete the divorce process.


Adopting a child severs the legal ties and responsibilities of all of the child’s birth family and creates new legal ties and responsibilities with the adopting family. The adopting mother and father become the sole legal guardians and the sole decision makers for the adopted child.

Orders of Protection

An order of protection is commonly known as a restraining order. This helps to legally protect a person from someone who may be a threat for causing physical harm.

Prenuptial Agreement

A prenuptial agreement is a written, contractual agreement that two people make before getting married. This agreement pre-determines a plan for how assets will be apportioned if the marriage ends because of death or divorce.

Child Support

Child support consists of ongoing payments made by one parent to another parent, and is intended to go toward the cost of raising a child.


Physical custody and parenting time is a determination of how the child’s time divided between the parents.  Legal custody is a determination of who is authorized to make decisions for the child.  There is a preference in the law for both parents to be able to exercise substantial time with the child, but under certain extraordinary circumstances, custody can be awarded to a third party, such as a grandparent.

Grandparents Rights

While there is a preference in the law for parents to be able to raise their children free from interference from others, Grandparents can ask the court to award them court-ordered visitation rights with their grandchild under certain circumstances.  These can be very tricky cases, and visitation awarded to grandparents is usually minimal.

Now that you know a little more about the different areas of family law, you can feel better prepared if you are in need of legal services near the Lake of the Ozarks. Our attorney in Camden County, MO is here to help ease you through your family law needs. We understand this can be a difficult time and that’s why we try to carry your burden while you can carry on with life.

We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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Osage Beach, MO  65065


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