FAMILY LAW

St. Charles Family Law Attorney

Helping You Meet Your Family Law Goals

Family law attorney JoAnn C. Donovan represents clients in St. Charles County and St. Louis County. Our firm’s goal is to meet your specific needs. To schedule a free initial consultation in our Florissant law office, contact us today.

Family Law Services

  • Divorce — Every divorce is unique, and we offer personalized services to meet the specific needs of each client. We help clients settle their divorce-related matters through negotiation, or in family court if a settlement cannot be negotiated.
  • Child custody and visitation — In Missouri, child custody arrangements must be made with the best interests of the child in mind. We work with parents to arrange a plan that best meets their child’s needs.
    Adoption and guardianships — Our firm can assist you with agency adoption, stepparent adoption, and international adoption. This may involve the termination of the biological parents’ rights. We can also help you establish a legal guardianship, granting caregiving duties to a grandparent or other family member.
  • Paternity — If a man is determined to be the father of a child after taking a paternity test, he can seek child custody and visitation rights. Similarly, a mother can seek to obtain child support payments once the identity of the father has been established.
  • Modification and relocation — If an individual’s circumstances change – relocation for a job, a change in income, a change in the child’s needs – a modification of child support, child custody, or spousal support may be warranted.

For more information about any of our divorce and family law services, don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients in Hazelwood, Florissant, and throughout St. Charles County and St. Louis counties.

 

ADOPTION AND GUARDIANSHIP

St. Charles Adoption and Guardianship Attorney

Providing for the Care of Children

The state of Missouri has several legal procedures to ensure that children are adequately cared for by people who have legal rights to provide that care.

If you are interested in adopting a child or gaining appointment as a legal guardian, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with experienced 25-year family lawyer JoAnn C. Donovan.

 

Solidifying Relationships Through Adoption

Legally, adoption is a process for terminating the parental rights of a child’s biological parents and creating new parental relationships. There are a variety of reasons why people go through the adoption process.

Some adoptions are facilitated by agencies that take responsibility for finding parents for children who have been voluntarily given up. If you are going through an agency adoption, legal counsel can help you understand the process and complete certain potentially important steps such as registration of an out-of-country adoption.

Stepparent adoption is another common circumstance. When one of a child’s biological parents does not play a role in that child’s life, adoption by a stepparent can give that child two active and legally recognized parents.

At JoAnn C. Donovan Attorney at Law, we have helped clients through adoption in a variety of contexts. Contact us to learn more about the adoption process.

 

Establishing Legal Guardianship

When a child’s primary caregiver is someone other than his or her parents — such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle — it may be important to get formal legal recognition of the custody relationship.

In Missouri, the probate court can designate a legal guardian for a child without terminating the rights of the parents. This can be done with the parents’ consent, or it can be imposed by the court if the parents are found to be unfit to care for the child.

We have handled many guardianship cases in St. Louis County and St. Charles County and understand the unique legal standards that apply.