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1 In Missouri: 3300 NE Ralph Powell Road Lee’s Summit, MO 64064 Phone: (816) 246-9981 Fax: (816) 246-9987 In Kansas: 4901 W 136 th Street Leawood, KS 66224 Phone: (913) 827-4101 Fax: (816) 246-9987

2 About Our Firm… The Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC, was established in 1992 and has been providing services to the greater Kansas City area ever since. With offices in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Leawood, Kansas, the firm’s family and divorce attorneys have practiced in Jackson, Clay, Cass, Lafayette and Platte County, Missouri as well as Johnson County, Kansas. The Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC, was established in 1992 and has been providing services to the greater Kansas City area ever since. With offices in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Leawood, Kansas, the firm’s family and divorce attorneys have practiced in Jackson, Clay, Cass, Lafayette and Platte County, Missouri as well as Johnson County, Kansas. With over fifty-three years of combined legal experience, the firm’s attorneys, skilled in both litigation and negotiation, handle matters from the most complicated to the most straightforward. Known for its compassion and amiability, as well as its zealousness and tenacity when faced with acrimonious cases, the firm has developed a strong presence in the greater Kansas City legal community. For more information, visit us at: With over fifty-three years of combined legal experience, the firm’s attorneys, skilled in both litigation and negotiation, handle matters from the most complicated to the most straightforward. Known for its compassion and amiability, as well as its zealousness and tenacity when faced with acrimonious cases, the firm has developed a strong presence in the greater Kansas City legal community. For more information, visit us at: www.yjklaw.com

3 James H. Young Mr. Young is the founder of the Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC and has been practicing in the area of Family Law for twenty-five years. Mr. Young is an alumnus of the College of Business at the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating Magna Cum Laude in Economics. He received his Juris Doctor degree from that same institution. Mr. Young is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a member as well as past president of the Missouri Chapter of that national organization. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Family Law Section and spent two terms (2001-2003) on its Executive Council and as Chair of the Section. Mr. Young is also a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, specifically the Family Law Section, and served as the Chair of that Section in 1995. He is active in a number of both multiple-county and state-wide committees, including those reviewing the child support chart and issues such as pro se litigation. Additionally, Mr. Young has written the text for a divorce video for the Missouri Bar and has been a frequent speaker at seminars, including a recent occasion during which he discussed child support methodology and joint physical custody situations.

4 Michelle E. Jakobe Michelle E. Jakobe graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in 1988 and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Washburn University School of Law with Dean's Honors in 1991. She is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Kansas. Ms. Jakobe has fifteen years of experience in the private practice of Family Law and an additional seven years of experience handling Complex National Products Liability Defense Litigation. Having joined the Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC in 2004, she has re-dedicated her practice to all areas of Family Law, including adoptions, divorce, modification, child support, custody, collaborative law, and protection from abuse. Ms. Jakobe is currently a member of the Family Law Section of the Missouri Bar, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Johnson County Bar Association, the Kansas Women's Attorney Association, and the Collaborative Law Institute of Missouri.

5 Abraham D. Kuhl Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Mr. Kuhl attended Ralston High School where he was active in many clubs and organizations. After high school, Mr. Kuhl graduated Cum Laude from Creighton University in 2004 with a degree in Business Administration. After working in the banking industry for a year, Mr. Kuhl moved to Kansas City and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in May 2008. Prior to joining the Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC, Mr. Kuhl worked as a law clerk for a Kansas City business litigation firm. He also worked as an intern and then as a law clerk for the Jackson County Circuit Court and was active in the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law’s Child and Family Services Clinic, where he represented clients in Family Law matters and received the clinic’s “Student of the Year” award in 2008. While in law school, Mr. Kuhl participated in a number of clubs and organizations including serving as President of the Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity, Co-President of the Family Law Society, and as a staff member for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Law Journal. Mr. Kuhl has completed both the Guardian ad Litem and the advanced Guardian ad Litem training. Mr. Kuhl has also presented at several seminars on a variety of family law issues, and is an active member of the family law section of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

6 Amy Fox-Berkley Ms. Fox-Berkley has been employed in a variety of capacities within the legal profession for more than twenty-five years, including roles as legal secretary and executive assistant for area attorneys. Since 1999, she has been associated with the Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC. She received her Paralegal Certificate in 2002, graduating with Honors based on a 97% average. She also earned a Certificate specializing in Civil Litigation in 2003. Ms. Fox-Berkley is an Associate Member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Linda Schaper Ms. Schaper began her legal career in Independence, Kansas shortly after graduating high school. Over the years, she has worked as an administrative assistant, bookkeeper and in various legal settings in Oklahoma and Kansas, including working as a scopist for a court reporter in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to joining the Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC, Ms. Schaper worked for an Overland Park insurance company in the staff attorney’s office for four years. Ms. Schaper began her legal career in Independence, Kansas shortly after graduating high school. Over the years, she has worked as an administrative assistant, bookkeeper and in various legal settings in Oklahoma and Kansas, including working as a scopist for a court reporter in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to joining the Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC, Ms. Schaper worked for an Overland Park insurance company in the staff attorney’s office for four years.

7 Cherie Birdwell Prior to joining the Law Office of Young Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC, Ms. Birdwell worked for a solo practitioner in Independence, Missouri for approximately eight years. She also has a skill set rich with administrative, bookkeeping and managerial experience. Lori Luers Ms. Luers has been with the Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC for over two years. Serving as the office receptionist, Ms. Luers has over twenty years experience working in various administrative positions. Ms. Luers has been with the Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC for over two years. Serving as the office receptionist, Ms. Luers has over twenty years experience working in various administrative positions. Tasha White Working in the medical field until 2001, Ms. White changed careers in 2001 when she began working for a law firm while in Iowa. In 2013, Ms. White worked for another law firm in Missouri before joining the Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC in the fall of 2014. Working in the medical field until 2001, Ms. White changed careers in 2001 when she began working for a law firm while in Iowa. In 2013, Ms. White worked for another law firm in Missouri before joining the Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC in the fall of 2014.

8 Office Information Office Hours Office Hours Our office is normally open except for law firm holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday Our office is normally open except for law firm holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday Telephone Calls Telephone Calls Please call us when you have a question or need advice regarding your case Please call us when you have a question or need advice regarding your case Appointments Appointments The only sure way to see your attorney is to call and make an appointment before you come to the office The only sure way to see your attorney is to call and make an appointment before you come to the office

9 Office Information Court Date Court Date Generally speaking, your case will be heard in the Circuit Court 69 to 120 days after filing. Generally speaking, your case will be heard in the Circuit Court 69 to 120 days after filing. Appropriate dress should be worn Appropriate dress should be worn When is my Dissolution Final? When is my Dissolution Final? Your dissolution is final the date the Judgment and Decree is signed by the Judge Your dissolution is final the date the Judgment and Decree is signed by the Judge We recommend not remarrying for 45 days after your Judgment is signed due to possible appeals We recommend not remarrying for 45 days after your Judgment is signed due to possible appeals

10 Parenting Information FOCIS FOCIS Mediation Mediation Parenting Plan Parenting Plan

11 What is FOCIS? FOCIS stands for Focus on Children in Separation. FOCIS stands for Focus on Children in Separation. FOCIS is a divorce education class for parents with children 17 years old and younger who are getting a divorce in Jackson County, Missouri. FOCIS is a divorce education class for parents with children 17 years old and younger who are getting a divorce in Jackson County, Missouri. Parents and children ages 6 through 17 years are required by the Court to attend FOCIS. Parents and children ages 6 through 17 years are required by the Court to attend FOCIS. The class is provided to teach ways for parents and children to get through the divorce process with the least amount of emotional upset possible and to lessen problems that parents and children may have. The class is provided to teach ways for parents and children to get through the divorce process with the least amount of emotional upset possible and to lessen problems that parents and children may have.

12 What is Mediation? Mediation is a procedure in which the parties select a neutral third party to help in reaching a settlement. Mediation is a procedure in which the parties select a neutral third party to help in reaching a settlement. The process is private, informal, and is not binding. The process is private, informal, and is not binding. The mediator has no power to force a settlement. Instead, the mediator tries to help the parties communicate constructively and aid them in overcoming obstacles to settlement. The mediator has no power to force a settlement. Instead, the mediator tries to help the parties communicate constructively and aid them in overcoming obstacles to settlement. An effective mediator may offer solutions that have not been considered by the parties or their lawyers. An effective mediator may offer solutions that have not been considered by the parties or their lawyers. The mediator also helps the parties in setting aside hostilities that interfere with settlement. The mediator also helps the parties in setting aside hostilities that interfere with settlement.

13 Custody / Visitation Issues Legal Custody – Joint vs. Sole Legal Custody – Joint vs. Sole Decisions relating to Health, Education, Medical, etc. Decisions relating to Health, Education, Medical, etc. Physical Custody – Joint vs. Sole Physical Custody – Joint vs. Sole Designation of one parent’s address as the children’s address for educational and mailing purposes Designation of one parent’s address as the children’s address for educational and mailing purposes Parenting Time – Things to Consider Parenting Time – Things to Consider Supervised vs. Unsupervised Supervised vs. Unsupervised Summer, holidays, phone contact Summer, holidays, phone contact 50/50 vs. Every other weekend 50/50 vs. Every other weekend Overnights? Overnights?

14 What is a Parenting Plan? A parenting plan is a document that states which parent will be responsible for the children and decision-making, and how disputes will be decided between parents A parenting plan is a document that states which parent will be responsible for the children and decision-making, and how disputes will be decided between parents A parenting plan should outline the parenting schedule, including where the child will live during the week and during the weekend A parenting plan should outline the parenting schedule, including where the child will live during the week and during the weekend A parenting plan can address holidays, summer vacations, and other dates or events during the year A parenting plan can address holidays, summer vacations, and other dates or events during the year A parenting plan should take into consideration the child’s needs and reflect the best interests of the child A parenting plan should take into consideration the child’s needs and reflect the best interests of the child

15 Issues Child Support Child Support Child support is money paid by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent to assist in the support of the minor children Child support is money paid by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent to assist in the support of the minor children Income of parties (W-2, SSI, disability, self- employment, deliberate unemployment, etc…) Income of parties (W-2, SSI, disability, self- employment, deliberate unemployment, etc…) Health Insurance, other children, day care, overnight parenting time credit, other expenses Health Insurance, other children, day care, overnight parenting time credit, other expenses Maintenance Maintenance Formerly called alimony, maintenance is money paid by a spouse to a former spouse to assist in the support of the ex-spouse Formerly called alimony, maintenance is money paid by a spouse to a former spouse to assist in the support of the ex-spouse

16 Division of Property Marital Property Marital Property Presumption of a 50 / 50 split Presumption of a 50 / 50 split Ways to rebut the presumption? Ways to rebut the presumption? Non-Marital Property Non-Marital Property Acquired before marriage Acquired before marriage Gift to one party during marriage Gift to one party during marriage Inheritance by one party during marriage Inheritance by one party during marriage Pre or Post Nuptial Agreement Pre or Post Nuptial Agreement Some non-marital property may become marital property Some non-marital property may become marital property

17 Types of Property Real Estate Real Estate Vehicles Vehicles Retirement Plans / 401(k) Retirement Plans / 401(k) Investments (stocks, IRAs, Mutual Funds) Investments (stocks, IRAs, Mutual Funds) Business (valuation process) Business (valuation process) Household Furniture and Furnishings Household Furniture and Furnishings Tax Implications Tax Implications

18 Additional Information Attorney Fees and Costs Attorney Fees and Costs Filing fees, deposition fees, GAL Fees Filing fees, deposition fees, GAL Fees Marriage Counseling Marriage Counseling Good marriage counselors are available. We can recommend a counselor to you. Good marriage counselors are available. We can recommend a counselor to you. Dating Dating You are married until your marriage is dissolved by the Judge. You may jeopardize your case by even “seeing” another man or woman. We recommend you refrain from “dating” or even the appearance of “dating.” You are married until your marriage is dissolved by the Judge. You may jeopardize your case by even “seeing” another man or woman. We recommend you refrain from “dating” or even the appearance of “dating.”

19 Children Marital Problems are extremely difficult for the children. Do yourself and your children a great favor by not “poisoning the minds” of your children. Do not dwell on your spouse’s faults. Realize from the beginning that children and/or visitation privileges are not tools for bargaining in a dissolution case – don’t use them as threats.

20 About the Courts… The 16 th Judicial Circuit serves all of Jackson County, a population of more than 660,000 people. The 16 th Judicial Circuit serves all of Jackson County, a population of more than 660,000 people. The county includes 18 municipalities including Kansas City, Independence, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, Grandview, Oak Grove and Raytown The county includes 18 municipalities including Kansas City, Independence, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, Grandview, Oak Grove and Raytown The 16 th Judicial Circuit has: The 16 th Judicial Circuit has: 19 Circuit Judges 19 Circuit Judges 9 Associate Circuit Judges 9 Associate Circuit Judges 8 Commissioners 8 Commissioners One judge is elected Presiding Judge for a two-year term by the judges as a group. Judges and Commissioners preside over civil, criminal and family court cases One judge is elected Presiding Judge for a two-year term by the judges as a group. Judges and Commissioners preside over civil, criminal and family court cases For more information, visit: www.16thcircuit.org

21 A Final Thought Please call at any time we can help you. This is a difficult time in your life, and it is our desire to assist you. Call when you are worried, have a question, or if we can help in any way. We will do everything legally possible to bring about a quick, quiet and good result for you. Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, LLC


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