Missouri Divorce Laws 1

In: Missouri

Divorce Law Basics in the State of Missouri

Also See: Missouri Marriage Laws

Statute: Missouri State Divorce Code (Title XXX, Chapter 452, Sections 300 & 305):moga.state.mo.us

No-Fault Grounds: Irretreivable breakdown

At-Fault Grounds: Missouri law does not provide for at-fault divorce

Residency: Either party must be a resident of the state for at least 90 days prior to filing

Legal Separation Recognized? Yes. Alimony, property distribution and child support can be awarded without having a divorce pending.

Property Distribution: Missouri relies on “equitable distribution” so the court will distribute the marital property “in an equitable manner” if the parties can’t agree on their own. Separate property (property acquired prior to the marriage, as a gift or through inheritance) is not included in property distribution.

Alimony: Alimony may be awarded to either party and is at the discretion of the judge.


  • chuck mchenry

    I’m reading about Missouri Senate Bill #886 dealing with Cohabitation- but otherwise can find no more info re this. My ex is living with a married man. He lists his address in the phone book, as well as business cards, as hers.
    I’m thinking of going to jail rather than pay alimony. I can’t retire. I am not an indentured servant. Maybe this is a ray of hope.