Monthly Archives: October 2013

Posted inLegal fees

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

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 three instances:  (1) when one spouse has access to greater assets or income than the other; (2) […]

Posted inChild Support

Should Wisconsin child support be reduced for high income payers?

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 somehow different for wealthy parents?    Under this system, the child of a high-earning parent is deprived of income that he/she could […]

Pets as “property” in a Wisconsin divorce?

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.   As a dog owner myself, this is not really surprising.  However, those feelings are increasingly supported by scientific […]

Wisconsin divorce compensation to wife for failure to have sex?

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 fault” divorce rule.  But perhaps most interesting to me was how one would place a value on […]

Posted inUncategorized

Important notice regarding Badgercare changes for 2014

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 regarding these changes. You can find this information at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/em/CustomerHelp/bcpletters.htm    The same is true of Wisconsin’s Health Insurance Risk-Sharing […]

Should Wisconsin maintenance be limited in divorce?

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 specific limits on spousal support.  Texas, for example, limits support to 5 years in marriages of 10-20 […]

Posted inDivorce

Wisconsin divorce lawyer steps to making divorce easier

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 far less stress. 1.       Hire a lawyer.   The legal system can be frustrating, complicated, and confusing.  An experienced Wisconsin divorce […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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, emotional, verbal, or economic abuse often leaves the victim feeling fearful and damages self-esteem. Victims are routinely […]

Must I disclose all assets in a Wisconsin divorce?

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, CDs, retirement, vehicles, real estate, investments, debts, etc.     All assets with a value greater than $500 must […]

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