Author: David Kowalski

Military retired pay in a Wisconsin divorce

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The most valuable asset of a military servicemember in a divorce is often military retired pay.   Servicemembers often have two retirement options:  military retirement (a pension) and the federal Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401k).  The…

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How do I value a business in a Wisconsin divorce?

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What happens to a family business in a Wisconsin divorce?   It is rare that both spouses play an active role in managing a family business.  So, the spouse who works in or manages the business is usually awarded…

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Jurisdiction issues in Wisconsin military divorce

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Because military service members often relocate several times during their service, it can be difficult to choose the correct state to file a divorce.  In Wisconsin, for example, a spouse must live in Wisconsin for six months, and…

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Issues in Wisconsin Pre-Nuptial Agreements

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Because of rules specific to this state, Wisconsin pre-nuptial agreements must address certain important issues.  Otherwise, even if the agreement is validated at divorce, it may not fully protect the assets as intended. First of all, the pre-nup…

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Use a Wisconsin family lawyer to draft a Wisconsin prenuptial agreement

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I have noticed an increase in clients requesting assistance with interpreting and upholding Wisconsin prenuptial agreements.    Often, a client is facing a challenge from the other spouse who is trying to throw out the agreement.   In every case…

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US Supreme Court decision affects Wisconsin military divorce benefits.

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Military retired pay is often the most substantial benefit accrued by a servicemember.   It is natural, therefore, that the division of military retired pay at divorce is often a source of dispute.  Your lawyer must fully understand the options…

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Wisconsin Grandparent visitation

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Wisconsin grandparent visitation is an option for grandparents who have developed close relationships with their grandchildren. Divorcing parents sometimes try to prevent grandparents from seeing or spending time with grandchildren. This can be frustrating to grandparents who want…

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Property Division in Wisconsin Divorce

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Many questions arise from property division in Wisconsin divorce. Clients often wish to retain possession of certain items of personal property, from furniture to bank accounts to pets. Sometimes, people have an idea that property should be divided in…

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Wisconsin child support modification

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A Wisconsin child support modification is possible if there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the most recent order. If you and your child’s other parent cannot agree that the child support order should be changed, the…

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Wisconsin military divorce-military retired pay

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Wisconsin military divorce benefits are often the single most valuable asset when a couple separates. It is extremely important to understand and properly allocate the military retired pay.   Depending on the servicemember’s length of service and other factors, the value…

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