Jeffrey Carey is a family law and divorce attorney serving the Kansas City and Lee’s Summit areas. He has been recognized by the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He was also awarded the Legal Champions award by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2014. He combines his litigation experience, extensive business and financial education, and a compassionate approach to the practice of family law to deliver outstanding service to his clients. Most divorce cases are resolved amicably without the need of a divorce lawyer, but when that is not possible, we can deliver sophisticated trial advocacy skills to obtain the best possible result for you and your family. Carey Law Firm employs the best divorce lawyers Lee’s Summit has to offer.
Legal Assistance from a Divorce Lawyer in Lee’s Summit & Kansas City
An important aspect of a divorce case is the division of the assets and debts of the marriage. For many households, this is as simple as an inventory of the real estate, personal property, and financial accounts (including retirement accounts) acquired during the marriage. The debts acquired during the marriage are also accounted for in the division of the assets. Once we formulate a fair valuation of the assets and liabilities accrued during the marriage, a division is either negotiated or ordered by the Court.
Special problems arise when one or both of the spouses owns an interest in a small or medium-sized business. These businesses can be extremely difficult to accurately value and the spouse in control of the business often has superior information regarding key factors in business valuation. We represent both business owners and their spouses with regards to business valuation matters. Jeffrey Carey, in addition to being a top trial and divorce attorney, has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and extensive experience dealing with the minutia of business operations and valuation.
Divorce Law in Missouri
Missouri law has a strong presumption in favor of joint parenting and encourages cooperative parenting plans. If a parent has demonstrated, however, an inability or unwillingness to provide a safe environment for the children of the marriage they may be denied custodial rights and/or have limitations placed on their rights of visitation. In cases involving such serious allegations, the Court will almost invariably appoint an attorney to represent the interests of the children known as a guardian ad litem. The guardian ad litem represents the children in the proceedings and makes custodial recommendations to the Court.