St. Joseph Family Law Attorneys

Experience on your side

Is there anything more important than family? At Murphy, Taylor, Siemens & Elliott P.C., we don’t believe so. Part of that is because we have families of our own — children, spouses, parents, grandparents and siblings. Our families are incredibly important to us, and we place value in each family within our community. When you need to take action to protect your family, recover damages or allow for healing, let us help. For more than 30 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.

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Mike Taylor and Lindsey Bachman are experienced in all areas of family law. Whether you are dealing with an adoption, custody dispute, divorce, domestic violence 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 attorneys in the State of Missouri. Mike is the author of two 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. Mike was presented the Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award by the Missouri Bar Foundation 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. You can review all of Mike’s other legal awards and honors in his bio located in our attorney section.

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, enjoys 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 a guardian ad litem and has represented 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, Teresa Wright and Emilie Lueckenhoff. 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 sensitive time for everyone involved, but it is important to act carefully and cautiously. Whether it is a complicated or collaborative divorce, it is important to use an experienced attorney to assist in the process. Our experienced divorce attorneys can help you receive everything you deserve from your divorce.

Business Divorce

We have handled divorces involving businesses of all types and sizes, from private physician practices to major retail 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 valuation issues. When was the land last valued? With the price of land soaring, the value of land today may be substantially different than the value of the land two years ago. Farm equipment, like tractors, 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.

Custody Dispute

If you are involved in a custody dispute, we can provide you with guidance on how to proceed. Children deserve stability, and we won’t rest until your child is in the right hands.

Child Support

The cost of providing for a child’s reasonable and necessary monthly needs is significant. It is important that the monthly child support is accurately calculated and we can help with that decision.


Adoption can be both an exciting and complicated matter. If your family is looking to adopt a child or grandchild, 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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