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Domestic Abuse and Child Placement in Wisconsin

Domestic violence in a relationship can impact whether and to what extent a child spends time with the abusive parent, as part of a Wisconsin divorce, legal separation or paternity action. In Wisconsin, there are two main components…

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Legal Custody and Religion

Wisconsin family law attorneys frequently have to make the distinction between legal custody and physical placement, as the two tend to be used interchangeably by the public. Legal custody refers to a parent’s legal ability to make decisions…

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Military Retired Pay: Reserve vs. Active Duty

In order to properly calculate a servicemember’s military retired pay in a Wisconsin divorce, you must be aware of the difference in reserve vs. active duty retirement. Military regulations require that retired pay for servicemembers retired from active…

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Military disability pay in Wisconsin divorce

Receipt of disability benefits by a military servicemember can have a significant effect on the ex-spouse in a Wisconsin divorce. When a servicemember retires with a disability rating, his/her military retired pay may be affected. If the disability…

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Military income available for child support

Military servicemembers receive various forms of pay.  A parent working with his/her divorce or child custody lawyer must be aware of the meaning and availability of those forms of pay. Basic pay:   this is the servicemember’s pay,…

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Survivior Benefit Plan deadlines for military retired pay in Wisconsin divorce

A spouse of a military member at divorce must be aware of his/her rights regarding the division of military retired pay.  The actual division of the pay is addressed in separate posts.  However, once the spouse’s portion of…

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How is military retired pay calculated in a Wisconsin divorce?

When a servicemember is divorced, his/her military retired pay is often divided with the ex-spouse.   Whether you are the servicemember or the spouse, it is vital to ensure that the calculation is done properly.   A Court…

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What is a COAP in a Wisconsin military divorce?

A COAP is shorthand for Court Order Acceptable for Processing.  This document is an order, separate from a Wisconsin divorce judgment, that the military requires to divide military retired pay between ex-spouses.  When a military member is divorced,…

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Wisconsin child custody rules for military servicemembers

Military servicemembers should be aware of a few rules related to child custody issues in Wisconsin. First, the Uniformed Soldier’s and Sailor’s Civil Relief Act provides some protections for active duty servicemembers facing a divorce filing in Wisconsin. …

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Health insurance in Wisconsin military divorce

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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