St. Charles Family Lawyer

St. Louis Divorce Lawyer Helping Clients Get Results

If you are involved in a difficult family dispute, you need an experienced advocate on your side. I am Melissa Featherston, a Missouri family law attorney at the law firm of Featherston Law Firm. I offer a full range of family law services, including the following:

  • Divorce: I assist clients with all aspects of the Missouri divorce process. I will answer your questions and help you pursue a divorce judgment that protects your interests.
  • Uncontested and contested divorce: Whether you agree with the other party on all issues or disagree on at least one issue, I can guide you through the appropriate type of divorce to arrive at a judgment.
  • Marital property division: Before your divorce is finalized, your marital assets and debts will need to be divided. I can help you seek a fair and appropriate distribution.
  • Child support: The calculation of child support is not as simple as some people make it to be. I will carefully evaluate how much support you should be paying or receiving.
  • Alimony: Will you be receiving alimony? Will you be paying alimony? Whatever side of this issue you are on, I can help ensure that the amount and type of alimony is determined in a fair manner.
  • Child custody: Determining what will happen to the children can be the most difficult part of the divorce process. I will work to protect your parental rights.
  • Visitation: I handle visitation issues related to divorce and paternity.
  • Paternity: If you are involved in a dispute over child custody or support involving a child born outside of marriage, I can help you establish paternity and pursue a fair outcome.
  • Custody and support modification: I help clients pursue and oppose modifications to child custody, visitation and child support in response to changed circumstances.
  • Parental relocation: When a parent with child custody wants to relocate, there is a specific legal procedure that must be followed. I can guide you through this process.
  • Child neglect and endangerment: I work to protect the rights of parents and children in custody disputes involving allegations of child abuse, neglect and endangerment.
  • Domestic violence: I represent clients who have suffered domestic abuse from their spouses and partners, as well as clients who have been served with protective orders.
  • Grandparents' rights: Missouri has a specific statutory procedure grandparents can use to establish certain legal rights. I can advise you on your rights and options under this law.
  • Stepparent adoptions: If you are responsible for caring for your stepchild and the other birth parent no longer plays an active role, I can help you pursue a stepparent adoption.

Your family law matter deserves individual attention from an experienced attorney. Having devoted much of my career to family law, I am prepared to help you pursue positive results. To set up a free consultation, please contact my office at 314-400-2302 or by e-mail.