Compassionate, Caring Counsel

Ending a marriage is never easy. Even in the most amicable splits, there is a certain amount of grief and sorrow over what might have been. Whether your divorce is one you both agree to, or it is more complicated than that, we can offer the dedicated, caring legal counsel you seek.

The Help You Need When You Need It

Divorce is a new normal and it is important to view it that way. While you work to leave the past behind, you are also building a future. Having the help you need when you need it is essential.

Our lawyers have years of experience in family law. We provide diligent, dedicated representation. We listen astutely to your concerns, ensuring that your family's interests are handled compassionately. After all, your children and their futures are also part of every decision you make.

How Mediation Can Help

Our lawyers seek the most efficient route through the court system. One way to assist that is to participate in mediation. While the courts can set couples up as adversaries, this does not have to be the case.

Mediation provides the opportunity to discuss concerns such as spousal maintenance, custody and property division in a neutral environment that encourages discussion and resolution. Mediated divorces can often be finalized in as little as a few months, and although mediation is not required in Franklin County, we often see mediation produce some of the best outcomes.

Whether you use mediation, or follow a more traditional route to divorce, our attorneys can help you with:

  • Child support
  • Child custody and parenting plans
  • Spousal maintenance/alimony
  • Modifications
  • Guardianship
  • Adoption
  • Mediation

A Word About Social Media

We understand that emotions run high during divorce. Things are changing, ending are happening and all that and bring about a great deal of stress. You need to vent and you should, but not on social media! We can't emphasize this enough. Make sure you are getting the care you need — from your clergy, a counselor or trusted friends and family, and not from Facebook.

Understand that, during this time, both the court and your ex's attorney scrutinize what you say and do. Remember, too, that a picture speaks a thousand words. While it may seem tough, abstain from posting photos that put you in an unfavorable light, or tweeting 140 characters of anger. Ask your friends to do the same. It is for you, and your children's best interests.

Compassionate, Caring, Capable

Located in Union, Missouri, and serving Franklin County and the surrounding areas, Helfrich Hotz Brandt, LLC, provides diligent, exacting legal representation. We take your case personally — with compassionate, caring and capable legal counsel. Our consultations are free, so please contact us at 636-234-3169.