Month: October 2013

Can I make my spouse pay for my Wisconsin divorce lawyer?

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Yes,  but it is not guaranteed in a Wisconsin divorce.   Wisconsin law allows a judge to order one spouse to assist in paying the other’s attorney’s fees in family cases (divorce, child support, paternity, etc.).   This usually happens in one of…

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Should Wisconsin child support be reduced for high income payers?

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According to Wisconsin rules, a parent earning more than $84,000 pays 20-40% reduced child support.   Payers in what would probably be considered the middle class pay the full calculation.  Does this make public policy sense?  Is the obligation to support a child…

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Pets as “property” in a Wisconsin divorce?

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Pets are treated as property in Wisconsin divorce cases.  However, research continues to demonstrate that at least some animals have more complex emotions and intelligence.  A recent study found that dogs may have emotions similar to humans http://news.yahoo.com/scans-reveal-striking-similarity-between-human-canine-minds-162147298.html.  …

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Wisconsin divorce compensation to wife for failure to have sex?

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I ran across this article recently, http://divorce.com/mandatory-sex/, and found the contrast between Wisconsin divorce law and French law amusing.  There is no possible way this ruling could ever happen in a Wisconsin divorce.  First, Wisconsin follows the “no…

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Important notice regarding Badgercare changes for 2014

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Due to the new federal health care law (the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare), Badgercare’s income limits will change effective 1/1/14.   If you or your children receive health insurance through Badgercare, you should already have received several letters…

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Forcing a parent to get a job for Wisconsin child support

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A judge cannot force a parent to work, but can force a parent to look for work in order to pay Wisconsin child support.   Usually, this is done by requiring the unemployed parent to submit a certain number…

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Should Wisconsin maintenance be limited in divorce?

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Wisconsin maintenance law does not set specific limits on the amount or duration of spousal support (maintenance) after divorce.   The court instead applies numerous factors to a request for maintenance before making a discretionary decision. Other states set…

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Wisconsin divorce lawyer steps to making divorce easier

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Divorce is one of the most stressful periods in your life.   In my years of experience as a Wisconsin divorce lawyer, I’ve noticed that clients who follow the below guidelines seem to make it through the process with…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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As mentioned in a previous blog, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   In my practice, I work with Dane County domestic violence victims not only while their case is pending, but in some instances, for many months prior.   Long-term physical,…

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Must I disclose all assets in a Wisconsin divorce?

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Yes.  Wisconsin law requires both spouses to disclose all assets in a Wisconsin divorce.  The purpose is to give each spouse full and fair knowledge of the finances. Each spouse will complete a standard form listing checking and savings accounts,…

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