Author: David Kowalski

Health insurance in Wisconsin military divorce

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After divorce, many spouses of military servicemembers worry that he/she will lose health insurance (known as Tricare).    Whether a spouse can keep health insurance after the divorce depends on several factors.  Tricare ends on the date of…

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Allotments in Wisconsin military divorce

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A knowledgeable Wisconsin divorce lawyer can use military allotments to resolve difficult payment issues for divorcing spouses.  An allotment is a specific amount of money that a servicemember can direct the military to pay to a creditor directly…

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Cost of living increases in military retired pay at divorce

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The value of a military pension at the time of divorce does not necessarily establish the fixed amount of future military retired pay.  Military servicemembers often receive annual cost of living increases (commonly called COLAs) on their retired…

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Child Relocation in Wisconsin

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A parent involved in a case regarding relocation of a child more than 100 miles away from the other parent should consult Wisconsin Statute 767.481. Recent changes to the statute affect cases commenced after April 5, 2018. If…

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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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