Family Law

Family law questions? Ask a family lawyer online.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I have a Settlement Hearing scheduled divorce in Missouri.

Customer Question
Hi,I have a Settlement Hearing...
Hi,I have a Settlement Hearing scheduled for my divorce in Missouri. So far, I paid an Attorney to file a Petition response/answer but did not fully retain him.I want to discuss the possibility of me attending the Settlement Hearing myself, the implications of me doing so, what to expect their, etc. I would also like to talk about other options I have to protect my interests in this matter.FYI the attorney is showing as my attorney online.
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Family Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Answered in 9 minutes by:
1/22/2016
Family Lawyer: MIAMILAW1127, Family Law Attorney replied 2 years ago
MIAMILAW1127
MIAMILAW1127, Family Law Attorney
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 755
Experience: Founding Partner at Moises Law, P.A.
Verified

Hello. Thank you for contacting me. I am a consultant here and I am looking forward to assisting you with your question. If at any point any of my answers aren’t clear please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. Please be patient as I will be typing my responses to you from scratch. Also, I can only answer/address the questions you ask specifically based on the information your provide. Please try to provide as much information as possible so I can best assist you.

Please note: This is general information for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. No specific course of action is proposed herein, and no attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by speaking to an expert on this site. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms.

You could potentially represent yourself at the settlement hearing. It's pretty much negotiating and what you can get for yourself. Typically, being represented by an attorney gives you more leverage than showing up on your own.

What questions did you generally have so I can assist you?

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I am asking for full custody of our 3 year old daughter and would like the Petitioner to be drug tested. I also would like Alimony - we've been married since August 2013. Our daughter has been with the other party since our split approximately 18 mos ago.
I have been paying child support without an order to do so, but have had difficulty seeing my child regularly and feel the other parent is dangerous.Questions:
1. Is this first Settlement Conference likely to result in a ruling by the judge or is another outcome possible or likely (i.e. schedule trial or another hearing)?2. Can I have other parent drug tested at the hearing?3. If the Petitioner is using Marijuana (heavy use I'm sure but cannot prove to a judge), how can I leverage this to increase custody (hopefully full), and receive child support? Child is currently with other parent/Petitioner.4. Can you give me a stronger likelihood that the outcome of this Hearing will be better or the same if I have an attorney represent me?
Family Lawyer: MIAMILAW1127, Family Law Attorney replied 2 years ago

1. The first settlement conference only results in a ruling by the judge if the two parties come to an agreement. If not, then you would need to continue onto a trial if you cannot settle the matter.

2. Yes. You can request the Court to order to have the other parent drug tested.

3. You can disclose to the other party that you intend to ask the court for a drug test. Many times, they would rather settle the case out than go through that process if the two of you are not very far apart in what you are seeking.

4. I cannot as that would be pure speculation. However, I can tell you that typically attorneys are in a better position to negotiate matters as they are not emotionally vested in the case much like a plaintiff or defendant are.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a family lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask MIAMILAW1127 Your Own Question
MIAMILAW1127
MIAMILAW1127
MIAMILAW1127, Family Law Attorney
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 755
755 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Founding Partner at Moises Law, P.A.

MIAMILAW1127 is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

11,971 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney and Counselor at Law

9,034 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience. I remain current in Family Law through regular continuing education.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

7,856 satisfied customers

I provide family and divorce law advice to my clients in my firm.

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

3,624 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including family law.

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

3,607 satisfied customers

Attorney with 17 years experience

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

3,019 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

ScottyMacEsq

ScottyMacEsq

Lawyer

2,828 satisfied customers

Licensed Texas General Practice Attorney

< Previous | Next >

Related Family Law Questions
My wife and I want to file for legal separation in Missouri
My wife and I want to file for legal separation in Missouri what needs to be put in the written agreement for a legal document to be binding in the eyes of the court? What is the effect if we write & … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
33,756 satisfied customers
I ran out of time seeking to retain a competent family
I ran out of time seeking to retain a competent family lawyer in Santa Clara County, CA and I am facing a 'Mandatory Settlement Conference' tomorrow morning at 8:45 am and a Hearing calendared for two… read more
Olivia Kent
Olivia Kent
Managing Partner
Doctoral Degree
4,520 satisfied customers
Have 3 kids having a divorce happening got papers yesterday
have 3 kids having a divorce happening got papers yesterday for a early Resolution conference what should I do ?… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
30,947 satisfied customers
I was wondering what to expect from filing temporary custody
I was wondering what to expect from filing temporary custody for my grand kids they are in DHR care with my mom and they asked me to apply and do I need a lawyer?… read more
RONB-ESQ
RONB-ESQ
Juris Doctorate
335 satisfied customers
I was threatened with an order of protection if I didn't sign
I was threatened with an order of protection if I didn't sign a settlement agreement, can I contest the divorce settlement agreement on these grounds… read more
Alex Esquire
Alex Esquire
Managing Attorney
Doctoral Degree
153 satisfied customers
My attorney is keeping an unnecessary court appearance tomorrow
My attorney is keeping an unnecessary court appearance tomorrow which I did not authorize. A divorce settlement is expected very soon. Am I obligated to pay for this appearance and how much could it c… read more
Alex Esquire
Alex Esquire
Managing Attorney
Doctoral Degree
153 satisfied customers
My husband and I have already signed a typed out aggreement
My husband and I have already signed a typed out aggreement for the money aggreement, other considerations and Parental Schedule. I am not able to match this agreement in this cut and dry questionaire… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
3,607 satisfied customers
I am Pro Se (unable to afford an attorney and was denied by
I am Pro Se (unable to afford an attorney and was denied by North Texas Legal Aide) and have a Temporary Orders Hearing January 17th in Collin County. I am the petitioner and movant for the hearing. M… read more
Roger
Roger
Litigation Attorney
Doctoral Degree
26,939 satisfied customers
My ex succeeded in getting my parenting time restricted last
My ex succeeded in getting my parenting time restricted last week. I agreed to it to protect my daughter from testifying against me. I got phone calls to her home and talking parents.com, which my 16 … read more
Dimitry K., Esq.
Dimitry K., Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
7,856 satisfied customers
What is a fair rate per hour to pay a lawyer for court prep
What is a fair rate per hour to pay a lawyer for court prep and time in court for a divorce? I know this depends on many things. My lawyer charges $300.00 per hour and has stated that if we were to go… read more
Robert
Robert
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
909 satisfied customers
My husband is having an affair & is unrepentant. Im not sure
My husband is having an affair & is unrepentant. I'm not sure if I want a divorce or not at this point, but would like to protect myself & 14mo old daughter if it comes down to that. He is possibly mo… read more
AttorneyTom
AttorneyTom
Attorney at Law
Juris Doctor, BSBA
1 satisfied customers
How can I verify that my attorney is reputable and continues
How can I verify that my attorney is reputable and continues to work hard on my divorce case after two years?… read more
David L
David L
Doctoral Degree
1,604 satisfied customers
It is possible to postpone a Divorce Settlement Conference
It is possible to postpone a Divorce Settlement Conference Hearing, if so how? Does my lawyer or myself, or someone need to make an appearance or can we reschedule the court date?… read more
Brent Blanchard
Brent Blanchard
Solo Practitioner
Doctoral Degree
1,964 satisfied customers
How soon will my divorce be finalized based on the case summary
How soon will my divorce be finalized based on the case summary and is there anything I can do to expedite the process. This is an uncontested divorce and I thought it would be quicker. There are a fe… read more
AlexiaEsq.
AlexiaEsq.
Managing Lawyer/Advocate
Doctoral Degree
37 satisfied customers
Hello, I am contemplating filing a contempt of court petition
Hello, I am contemplating filing a contempt of court petition in Indiana because my exwife is not adhering to the provsions in our divorce decree regarding the property settlement. Specifically she wa… read more
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B.
Juris Doctor
28,766 satisfied customers
My wife filed a false protection order on me in Maine, it was
My wife filed a false protection order on me in Maine, it was dismissed at the hearing. I had several witnesses and evidence to disprove her , but it never got that far. Half way through my wife's tes… read more
lwpat
lwpat
Doctoral Degree
256 satisfied customers
I am in Texas and had a citation for divorce and a temporary
I am in Texas and had a citation for divorce and a temporary hearing order. Does “unserved” mean in the court case records on-line that I am not offically served? Is it okay and how to respond to the … read more
Tina
Tina
Doctoral Degree
83 satisfied customers
I want to move 45 mins away from my ex-husband with my 6 year
I want to move 45 mins away from my ex-husband with my 6 year old daughter. It is across state lines but I am willing to give the original state of Missouri jurisdiction. What are my chances?… read more
lwpat
lwpat
Doctoral Degree
256 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x