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Show Me the Money: A Brief Review of Maintenance in the ‘Show Me’ State

May 31st, 2019 5:18 pm

Show Me the Money:  A Brief Review of Maintenance in the ‘Show Me’ State By: Austin E. Williamson and Heather Rooney McBride It may not come as a surprise that maintenance (formally known as alimony) is routinely one of the more hotly contested matters in dissolution.  That is generally because both spouses typically believe they […]

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RMS WELCOMES SENIOR ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY, ANDY SCHOLZ!

May 31st, 2019 4:59 pm

RMS WELCOMES SENIOR ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY, ANDY SCHOLZ!  Andy’s experience as a prosecutor and trial attorney in the areas of criminal and family law bring an important depth of knowledge to his work at Rooney McBride and Smith, LLC. Andy Scholz is a Springfield, Missouri native. He earned his B.A. from Drury University and attended law […]

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2019 BUSINESS LAW UPDATE

May 31st, 2019 4:56 pm

MOBAR ANNUAL LEGAL UPDATE (June 2019) – Heather Rooney McBride, Esq. Case Law Update:  Recent Missouri State Cases Touching on Business Law Sun Aviation, Inc. v. L-3 Communications Avionics Systems, Inc., 533 S.W.3d 720 (Mo. banc Oct. 31, 2017).  This case involved a dispute between a manufacturer-franchisor of aircraft instruments and its distributor-franchisee; specifically, L-3 […]

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2019 FAMILY LAW UPDATE

May 31st, 2019 4:54 pm

ANNUAL LAW UPDATE 2019 FAMILY LAW Andy Scholz and Mallory McDonald Rooney McBride and Smith, LLC (417) 708-9681 Modification Settlement Documents Ross v. Ross, SD 34997, May 29, 2018. In this case, the Father files a Motion to Modify asking for a change of custody for four children ages 12 to 18. During the pendency […]

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RMS WELCOMES LEGAL ASSISTANT LORREE ALLEN!!

May 31st, 2019 4:51 pm

RMS WELCOMES LEGAL ASSISTANT LORREE ALLEN!!  Prior to joining Rooney McBride and Smith, LLC, Lorree served as Clerk to the Honorable Judge Carrier in Greene County.  She has also worked in administrative roles in sales, retail and manufacturing.  Lorree will serve RMS as Legal Assistant to Attorney Scott A. Smith.  Most evenings you will find […]

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Understanding Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children

May 1st, 2019 1:24 pm

Understanding Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children By Andy Scholz and Heather Rooney McBride             In family law cases, attorneys and judges are often presented with children that are in desperate need of mental health services. To properly format or recommend parenting plans that protect these children’s best interests, it is incumbent upon family law practitioners […]

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RMS WELCOMES NEW RECEPTIONIST, STARLA WALKER!!

April 4th, 2019 5:03 pm

RMS WELCOMES NEW RECEPTIONIST, STARLA WALKER!! Prior to joining Rooney McBride and Smith, LLC as the Front Desk Coordinator, Starla served as a receptionist at a local car dealership in Springfield. She also has spent many years working in various customer service fields.  Starla attended North Arkansas College and Ozark Technical Community College. In her […]

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RMS WELCOMES LEGAL ASSISTANT, CHRIS DECK!!

April 1st, 2019 3:59 pm

RMS WELCOMES LEGAL ASSISTANT, CHRIS DECK!!  Prior to joining Rooney McBride and Smith, LLC, Chris served as a Deputy Juvenile Officer in the Child Abuse and Neglect Unit in Greene County. Chris also served with the Springfield Police Department, and as an Armor Officer in the United Stated Army. Chris attended Drury University where he […]

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RMS WELCOMES OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR, KRISTEN SMITH!!

April 1st, 2019 3:56 pm

RMS WELCOMES OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR, KRISTEN SMITH!!  Prior to joining Rooney McBride and Smith, LLC as the Office Administrator, Kristen served as a paralegal for a Springfield criminal defense attorney.  Kristen also has background working as a service writer, teller, office assistant, and in retail.  Kristen attended Missouri State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of […]

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Equitable Distribution in Divorce: No Two Assets are the Same

February 11th, 2019 4:24 pm

By: Mallory N. McDonald and Heather Rooney McBride In a Missouri divorce action, marital assets are divided in what is considered to be a fair and equitable manner.  In re Marriage of Collins,875 S.W.2d 643, 648 (Mo. App. S.D. 1994). When determining a fair and equitable division of marital assets, the Court considers the following […]

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