Family Law

Divorce And Family Law Attorneys in Columbia, Missouri

At Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, you will find attorneys with more than 100 years of combined experience handling family law matters for people in Columbia and throughout central Missouri. We are passionate about using our experience to help you achieve your goals during this difficult time in your life.

Helen Wade

Partner

Molly Metza

Associate

Divorce And Family Law Attorneys in Columbia, Missouri

At Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, you will find attorneys with more than 100 years of combined experience handling family law matters for people in Columbia and throughout central Missouri. We are passionate about using our experience to help you achieve your goals during this difficult time in your life.

Helen Wade

Partner

Molly Metza

Associate

We Take A Team Approach To Family Law Cases

Every case is managed by not only an attorney but also a full support team. At Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, you will have an entire team working with you to achieve your goals and protect your interests. This team approach is designed to increase efficiency and maximize positive outcomes.

Depending upon the unique facts of your family law case, we may choose to seek the input of experts in order to get the facts required to help you build a solid case. We will help you understand when and how to strengthen our team with the addition of other trained professionals.

One-On-One Approach

Commitment To The Community

A Passion For Results

10 Decades Of Experience

Over 125 Five-Star Google Reviews

We Take A Team Approach To Family Law Cases

Every case is managed by not only an attorney but also a full support team. At Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, you will have an entire team working with you to achieve your goals and protect your interests. This team approach is designed to increase efficiency and maximize positive outcomes.

Depending upon the unique facts of your family law case, we may choose to seek the input of experts in order to get the facts required to help you build a solid case. We will help you understand when and how to strengthen our team with the addition of other trained professionals.

One-On-One Approach

Commitment To The Community

A Passion For Results

10 Decades Of Experience

Over 125 Five-Star Google Reviews

Compassionate Family Law Attorneys Ready To Fight For You

Domestic relations law often involves unpleasant and emotional business. Our Columbia family law lawyers understand the stress you are going through. We will do everything we can to relieve that stress, and to help you get through and look past the emotional turmoil of your situation. While the other side may be making decisions clouded by emotion, we strive to ensure you have the knowledge and understanding of all the legal aspects of your case, so you can make sound decisions for yourself and your family now and for the future.

We Handle All Domestic Relations Cases

Due to the personal nature of family law cases, it is important to have an objective professional working by your side to obtain the results you desire. Our lawyers are experienced in handling all family law matters, including:

Divorce

While many people see reasons to avoid involving attorneys, almost every divorce can be handled more quickly, more efficiently and more appropriately when the parties have effective divorce representation.

Property Division

Even the most simple divorce, without children, involve the division of marital property. Not everything qualifies as marital property, but items such as retirement accounts may be included in a division of property. We help our clients secure a property division that is fair and to leave the marriage with property that is most important.

Child Custody

When parties cannot agree on their own, we help them reach a resolution on issues of legal custody — joint or sole — and physical custody. We will attempt to resolve custody through negotiation but are prepared to go to trial if necessary.

Child Support

If the children of a marriage will be living primarily with one parent, the other parent is often ordered to make a monthly as contribution to their support. We can help reach an agreement about the appropriate amount for child support.

Spousal Support/Maintenance

Spousal support or maintenance, previously known as alimony, is usually ordered when one spouse is unable to provide for his or her reasonable needs, while the other spouse has the ability to not only care for himself or herself, but for his or her spouse as well.

Mediation

Often the best-case scenario for resolving a divorce involves the use of family law mediation. This method of structured negotiation allows each party to argue for their position in the hopes that they can reach common ground and avoid the need for a trial.

Post-Divorce Modification

Whatever the situation may be, it is important that your divorce decree and related support and custody orders accurately reflect your situation. When a changed situation requires a qualified family law attorney, you can rely on us to help you achieve the results you seek.

Contempt of Court

If divorce orders, child support orders, child custody orders or other court orders are not followed, the individual accused of violating them could be held in contempt of court. If you are facing charges of contempt of court because you allegedly violated orders, we can assist you in determining the best way to protect yourself and to remedy the situation.

Paternity

When a child is born to parents who have not married, the issues associated with determining legal paternity arise in connection with the parents’ concerns regarding appropriate custodial arrangements for their child.

Name Changes

As with many legal processes, the procedure for securing a name change is complicated, and making at least one mistake is common and can thwart the entire process. If obtaining a legal name change is important to you, your best option is to secure the assistance of a lawyer experienced with the process.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is both highly emotional and extremely complicated, especially when police are involved. Sometimes, the person alleged to have committed domestic abuse never intended the harm caused. Further, the accusations of abuse or violence are sometimes used in order to gain an advantage during a divorce.

Adoption

Many families find themselves in court during times of stress and uncertainty, but legal proceedings are not always this way. Adoption is one of the most positive legal occasions in the life of a family. In fact, many judges look forward to adoption cases as a time of joy for Missouri families.

Juvenile Law

Our juvenile law attorneys and full staff are experienced in all areas of juvenile law, including representing parents accused of abuse and neglect or facing termination of parental rights, representing children’s best interests in the capacity of a guardian ad litem, and representing juveniles faced with delinquency allegations.

Family Law Appeals

It is important to understand that not all family law attorneys handle appeals. This is because appeals are dramatically different from the initial case. In simple terms, an appeal is a review by a higher court of the findings and conclusions of your trial judge based upon the evidence received by the court at trial.

Divorce

While many people see reasons to avoid involving attorneys, almost every divorce can be handled more quickly, more efficiently and more appropriately when the parties have effective divorce representation.

Property Division

Even the most simple divorce, without children, involve the division of marital property. Not everything qualifies as marital property, but items such as retirement accounts may be included in a division of property. We help our clients secure a property division that is fair and to leave the marriage with property that is most important.

Child Custody

When parties cannot agree on their own, we help them reach a resolution on issues of legal custody — joint or sole — and physical custody. We will attempt to resolve custody through negotiation but are prepared to go to trial if necessary.

Child Support

If the children of a marriage will be living primarily with one parent, the other parent is often ordered to make a monthly as contribution to their support. We can help reach an agreement about the appropriate amount for child support.

Spousal Support/Maintenance

Spousal support or maintenance, previously known as alimony, is usually ordered when one spouse is unable to provide for his or her reasonable needs, while the other spouse has the ability to not only care for himself or herself, but for his or her spouse as well.

Mediation

Often the best-case scenario for resolving a divorce involves the use of family law mediation. This method of structured negotiation allows each party to argue for their position in the hopes that they can reach common ground and avoid the need for a trial.

Post-Divorce Modification

Whatever the situation may be, it is important that your divorce decree and related support and custody orders accurately reflect your situation. When a changed situation requires a qualified family law attorney, you can rely on us to help you achieve the results you seek.

Contempt of Court

If divorce orders, child support orders, child custody orders or other court orders are not followed, the individual accused of violating them could be held in contempt of court. If you are facing charges of contempt of court because you allegedly violated orders, we can assist you in determining the best way to protect yourself and to remedy the situation.

Paternity

When a child is born to parents who have not married, the issues associated with determining legal paternity arise in connection with the parents’ concerns regarding appropriate custodial arrangements for their child.

Name Changes

As with many legal processes, the procedure for securing a name change is complicated, and making at least one mistake is common and can thwart the entire process. If obtaining a legal name change is important to you, your best option is to secure the assistance of a lawyer experienced with the process.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is both highly emotional and extremely complicated, especially when police are involved. Sometimes, the person alleged to have committed domestic abuse never intended the harm caused. Further, the accusations of abuse or violence are sometimes used in order to gain an advantage during a divorce.

Adoption

Many families find themselves in court during times of stress and uncertainty, but legal proceedings are not always this way. Adoption is one of the most positive legal occasions in the life of a family. In fact, many judges look forward to adoption cases as a time of joy for Missouri families.

Juvenile Law

Our juvenile law attorneys and full staff are experienced in all areas of juvenile law, including representing parents accused of abuse and neglect or facing termination of parental rights, representing children’s best interests in the capacity of a guardian ad litem, and representing juveniles faced with delinquency allegations.

Family Law Appeals

It is important to understand that not all family law attorneys handle appeals. This is because appeals are dramatically different from the initial case. In simple terms, an appeal is a review by a higher court of the findings and conclusions of your trial judge based upon the evidence received by the court at trial.

Think you might have a case?

There are three ways to contact us, all free of charge:

Call and ask to speak to one of our attorneys.

If we can't talk right then, a paralegal will get the basics from you and schedule a return call (usually by the next day) with a Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer attorney.

Call and schedule an in-office meeting.

A paralegal will collect some basic info, get your availability, then call you back with a meeting day and time after checking the attorneys' schedules.

Email us.

Fill out the form on this page to ask whether you have a case or not. We promise you'll hear something back from us (usually by the next day).

Get a Free Case Evaluation

Think you might have a case?

There are three ways to contact us, all free of charge:

Call and ask to speak to one of our attorneys.

If we can't talk right then, a paralegal will get the basics from you and schedule a return call (usually by the next day) with a Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer attorney.

Call and schedule an in-office meeting.

A paralegal will collect some basic info, get your availability, then call you back with a meeting day and time after checking the attorneys' schedules.

Email us.

Fill out the form on this page to ask whether you have a case or not. We promise you'll hear something back from us (usually by the next day).

Get a Free Case Evaluation