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Dave was stunned, crestfallen. The judge in his divorce ruled that he could no longer see or parent his 10 year old daughter. Ever. No shared custody, no visitation, no contact. Was he a terrible dad? Quite the contrary. By all indications, Dave was loving and attentive.
At least one spouse must be a resident of Missouri for 90 days before filing for a Missouri divorce. The responding spouse has 20 days to reply to the petition, and at least 30 days must pass between the filing of the petition and the judge's signing of the divorce decree granting the divorce. This 30-day waiting period makes sure couples have a chance to reconcile if possible.
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