Month: April 2014

Finding Wisconsin divorce assets

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Locating Wisconsin divorce assets is not usually as difficult as you may have heard.  Both spouses must make a full financial disclosure.   All assets, debts, income, and expense must be disclosed on the designated form.  These statements often form…

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Wisconsin divorce and life insurance

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The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently clarified that, in a Wisconsin divorce judgment, life insurance beneficiary designations end once the children reach adulthood. Parents after divorce often agree to maintain life insurance for their children, partly to cover lost…

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Changes in Wisconsin maintenance

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The Wisconsin maintenance (alimony) law was recently changed.   2013 WI Act 209 states that maintenance ends upon the recipient’s remarriage.   The law also requires the recipient to notify the court and the payer of the remarriage.  The law…

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Wisconsin divorce expenses

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There is no law requiring either spouse to pay certain expenses after a Wisconsin divorce is filed.     Spouses cannot sell or give away property without approval.   But without a court order, simply filing for divorce does not allocate payment of bills. Often, spouses…

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Wisconsin family court appeal

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The success of a Wisconsin family court appeal depends on the evidence submitted at the trial.   An appeal is not a “do-over.”   There is no new testimony or evidence.  The only information available to the appeals court is what was submitted at the trial.  The…

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What is Wisconsin legal custody?

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Parents often  confuse the concepts of Wisconsin legal custody with physical placement.    In Wisconsin, however, these two terms have very different meanings.  “Legal custody” allows a parent to make major decisions for a child, such as heath care, school and religious…

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Wisconsin grandparent visitation

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The standard for Wisconsin grandparent visitation has recently been clarified in the case of Paternity of E.M.B. (available at http://www.wisbar.org/res/capp/2011/2009ap000488.htm).  The Court of Appeals ruled that grandparents must overcome the parent’s Constitutional right to care for a child.  The child’s parent is presumed competent to…

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Most expensive divorces

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Needless to say, none of these occurred in Wisconsin.   Out of curiosity, it would be fascinating to know the amount of the attorneys’ fees.  http://www.cnbc.com/id/34316968  Perhaps this goes into the category of “It could be worse.”

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