St. Joseph Family Law Attorneys

Experience on your side

There’s nothing more important than family. At Murphy, Taylor, Siemens & Elliott P.C., we understand that, because our families are incredibly important to us, and we place value on each family within our community. When you need to take action to protect your family or help a loved one, let us help. For more than 35 years, it has been our responsibility to care for the families in our community and we sincerely believe it is our duty to care for yours.

Mike Taylor and Lindsey Bachman are experienced in all areas of family law. Whether you are dealing with an adoption, custody dispute, high asset divorce, domestic violence, guardianship, a modification, or anything in between, we have the resources and experience required to provide you with high-quality legal assistance.

Mike Taylor is one of the top family law trial attorneys in the State of Missouri. Mike is the author of three chapters of the Missouri Bar Foundation’s two-volume Family Law Desk Book set which is used by family law judges and attorneys across the state. He is a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Very few family law attorneys in the State of Missouri have achieved this distinction. Mike has been regularly recognized by his peers in the top one percent of all attorneys who have designated him a Preeminent AV Lawyer indicating the highest level of skill and integrity. He has been selected as being in the top five percent of all lawyers in Missouri and Kansas by his inclusion by Super Lawyers. He was recently recognized as one of the top ten family law attorneys in the State of Missouri by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys and was recognized by 435 Kansas City’s Magazine as one of the Nation’s Best Family Law Attorneys in the Kansas City Metro area. Mike was presented the Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award by the Missouri Bar Foundation, which is presented to select trial attorneys who have demonstrated unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy. He has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top One Hundred Trial Lawyers, named to the Best Lawyers in America list, is a certified member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been designated a life member of the National Registry of Who’s Who in American Law.

Lindsey Bachman shares Mike’s passion for representing and assisting clients in family law matters. Lindsey is a proven and experienced trial lawyer who understands and appreciates the difficult issues facing clients going through a divorce. Lindsey, like Mike, excels in litigation and being in the courtroom. While she believes that the best resolution in a family law matter is a fair agreement reached by the parties, she is always prepared to aggressively present her client’s position in court. Lindsey has also served as guardian ad litem, representing many children in that role. She believes strongly that children deserve to be protected and heard. Lindsey is an advocate you can depend on and trust to handle all of your family law needs.

Assisting Mike and Lindsey are paralegals Suzy Ware and Teresa Wright. Suzy has been the firm’s family law paralegal for more than twenty-five years. Our family law paralegals care about clients as passionately as Mike and Lindsey. Their role is to assist clients and our attorneys with case and trial preparation. In any divorce, there are numerous documents which are required to be filed with the Court, including such items as pleadings, statements of income and expense, statements of assets and liabilities, interrogatories, requests for documents, requests for admissions, drafts of proposed parenting plans, settlement agreements, judgments of dissolution of marriage, quit-claim deeds and the like. Our paralegals have prepared drafts of thousands of the kinds of documents you will need in your divorce proceeding. These drafts are reviewed by Mike Taylor and Lindsey Bachman, along with the client. Our paralegals have an amazing amount of family law training, skill, and experience and have been part of our family law team helping assist thousands of clients with their family law needs.

Here is a look at some of the typical practice areas in which we are involved:


Divorce can be a stressful time for everyone involved, but it is important to act carefully and cautiously. Whether it is a high-asset business or farm divorce, or an uncontested dissolution, it is important to use an experienced attorney to assist in the process. Our experienced trial attorneys can help you achieve your goals and protect your interests.

High Asset Business Divorce

We have handled divorces involving businesses of all types and sizes, from private physician practices to major multi-million dollar commercial, retail or individual businesses. The challenges vary depending on the type of business and how it is owned. We know how to efficiently and effectively sort through the issues in pursuit of a positive outcome and a fair division of property.

High Asset Farm Divorce

We understand the complicated issues that may arise in a farm divorce. First, there are issues of marital property versus nonmarital property, as the farm may have been inherited by one spouse. Then there are significant valuation issues. When was the land last appraised? With the price of land fluctuating, the value of land today may be substantially different than the value of the land a few years ago. Farm implements can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars or more, so it is important to see that it is valued properly. We know how to address these unique issues and have handled cases involving the small family farm to the super-size corporate farm. We can help.

Child Custody Dispute

If you are involved in a custody dispute, we can provide you with guidance on how to navigate this complicated area. Children deserve stability and are often the most impacted by a custody battle.  We care about your concerns and the safety of your children.

Child Support

The cost of providing for a child’s reasonable and necessary monthly needs can be significant. It is important that the monthly child support is accurately calculated and that the expenses associated with the child are properly accounted.


Adoption can be both an exciting and complicated matter. If your family is looking to adopt a child, we would be happy to guide you through the process. We can handle all filings, procedures and required paperwork to allow you the time necessary to prepare for this next stage of life.

Domestic Violence

There is no excuse for domestic violence. Period. If you have been the victim of domestic violence or abuse, let one of our experienced attorneys help. Family matters to our team of lawyers, and we will treat your domestic violence case with careful dedication and focus.

And More…

In addition to these practice areas, we also offer a number of other family law services. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

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