When family disputes rise to the level where legal intervention is necessary, it is important to have knowledgeable, dedicated attorneys representing your interests and protecting your family.  We understand that every family and therefore every family law case is different.  We approach every family law case with your specific goals and concerns in mind.

At St. Charles-based Flesner Wentzel, our family lawyers handle everything from divorce and child custody disputes to termination of parental rights and adoption.

The end of a marriage is often highly emotional and stressful, and the divorce process can quickly become contentious. At Flesner Wentzel, we help make the divorce process as smooth as possible.

We understand our divorce clients will have issues arise suddenly and that you need to be able to discuss them with your attorney. We have an online client system with an iPhone/iPad app that allows you to share documents with us and send messages to your attorney. Attorneys check their messages regularly and will get back to you quickly.

Some couples realize that they need to separate legally, but do not wish to get divorced. This happens for many reasons including that the parties hope they will be able to reconcile in the future and for religious reasons.

In Missouri, the court can grant couples a legal separation. The court can divide marital property and debt, order maintenance (commonly called alimony), and make orders with respect to child custody and support. Although the court handles most of the same issues as in a divorce, the parties remain married to each other and cannot get married to another person.

There is no presumption that children are better off with moms. In fact, after a divorce or break up, many fathers share custody 50-50 with their ex-spouses, or even become the primary caretakers of minor children.   We help fathers protect their rights and make sure they have meaningful relationships with their children.

Today, many children are born outside of marriage. However, even when parents agree on the paternity of their child, unmarried parents must take steps to gain legal rights to child custody, visitation, and child support.

Stepparents often play an important role in a child’s life. Many develop bonds with their stepchildren that are deeper and more meaningful than the bonds children share with their biological parents.  At Flesner Wentzel, we help new families come together.

Often, after an inital family court order, circumstances change that make the order no longer in the best interest of the involved children.  The changing circumstances may include a move by one parent, the loss of a parent’s job, or abuse or neglect of the children when in the custody of one parent.  You can file a Motion to Modify the current custody or support order.

Premarital or Prenuptial agreements allow couples to clarify their rights to the other person’s property in the event that a marriage ends either by divorce or death.  Pre-marital agreements or prenups are becoming increasingly important due to the increase of marriage latter in life when the parties have already accumulated signficant assets or had children from a prior relationship who need to be protected.

Nothing is more important than your relationship with your child. At Flesner Wentzel, we will help you protect your parent-child bond, fight involuntary parental termination and keep your family together.