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Lydia Seifner

Lydia Seifner

Springfield Family Law, LLC
  • Family Law, Divorce, Juvenile Law
  • Missouri
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Summary

I got tired of big law firms, that put profits before people. Finding peace of mind for your domestic issues shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. That's why I opened Springfield Family Law, where we put our clients first.

Divorce and custody actions are some of the most stressful life events an individual can experience. Unlike most attorneys who studied politics in school, I wanted to have a thorough understanding of how family conflict and tension can affect you and your children. I received my Bachelor's degree from Drury University, and Master's degree from Valparaiso University, in Psychology, along with my J.D. from Valparaiso Law School, to assist me in my practice of Family Law.

Certified Guardian ad Litem.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Juvenile Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    30 min. Free consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Discover, Master Card, Visa, and american Express
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I also offer limited scope representation, at a smaller, flat rate, for those individuals who only need simple paper work drafted for initial or responsive pleadings.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Missouri
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Professional Experience
Attorney at Law
Springfield Family Law, LLC
- Current
Sole practitioner
Associate Attorney
Stange Law Firm, PC
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Associate Attorney
Wyatt Law & Associates, LLC
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Education
Valparaiso University
M.A. (2015) | Psychology
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Activities: Tungsoodo
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Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D. (2015) | Law
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Activities: Christian Legal Society, Women's Law Student Association, Running and Fitness Club, Ballroom dancing.
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Drury University
B.A. (2010) | Psychology
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Activities: Concert Choir, Taekwondo, Aiki-Jujitsu.
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Professional Associations
The Missouri Bar # 68793
Member
- Current
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Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
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- Current
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Christian Legal Society
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Publications
Certifications
Certified Guardian ad Litem
Missouri Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
www.spfdfamilylaw.com
Blog
Springfield Family Law Blog
Legal Answers
292 Questions Answered

Q. im 22 dating a 17 year old in Missouri. my ex girlfriend is trying to say i cant see my kid if im with her. can he do th
A: If you do not have a Declaration of Paternal Right established with the Court, then unwed fathers do not have rights to your child; and the mother may restrict your access to your child. Talk to an attorney local to you to assist you is legally declaring your paternal rights.
Q. Im 15yr,& i left school without my parents permission for 2 hrs for my bsf funeral, i came back can they send me to BCA?
A: I'm not sure what BCA is supposed to be, but your parents are allowed to discipline you for leaving school without their permission if they so choose.
Q. Can my 16 yr old refuse to come home and stay at his dad's? Or can I report him a runaway?
A: He would not be a runaway as he is with his other parent. But his father would be causing parental alienation and is in violation of the parenting plan by not returning him. Talk to an attorney local to you to assist in a family access motion.
Q. I'm 16 in Missouri and can't find info on what warrants court ordered emancipation
A: You may qualify for emancipation if you can support yourself financially. However, if the situation is as severe as you say, you may want to call family services and inform them of your situation so you can be removed from the home. I would also encourage you to talk to your school counselor or a teacher you trust about your circumstances.
Q. Can a mother continue to accept child support if the children are fully taken care of and live with the other parent?
A: Typically the paying parent can stop paying child support if the children change residences to live in the paying parent's care. You will have to contact Family Division Services, and may have to go through the court for a modification to have the support stopped entirely. However, if the income discrepancy between the two households is high enough, then child support may only be altered instead of stopped. Talk to an attorney local to you to discuss your situation.
Q. I and our 3 kids are dual UK-USA citizens. My wife is USA only. Can kids move to UK with me? If wife wishes to remain...
A: You both have equal rights to the children; so the children may move to the UK with you, but she can also submit a court action to have them returned if she disagrees. Talk to an attorney in the jurisdiction where your family lives to discuss your options.
Q. What does it mean, cause set for case review and trial setting. Does this mean I have to attend this court date.
A: If you are taking care of the case yourself, without an attorney, you must attend every court date.
Q. What happens in Missouri if both parties dont show up to a divorce hearing?
A: If neither party shows up, the case won't be heard. Depending on the judge and the jurisdiction, it will likely either be passed to another court date, or dismissed for a failure to prosecute. If you are purposely refusing to show up so you won't become divorced, you can always show up and let the judge know that you have reconciled and would like the divorce dismissed.
Q. Do all aspects of divorce settlement end when child turns 21?
A: When he turns 21 you are no longer financially responsible for him. You may stop paying for college costs and health insurance if necessary.
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Contact & Map
Springfield Family Law
227 E. Sunshine
Suite 107
Springfield, MO 65807
USA
Telephone: (417) 832-2144