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What Is a Collaborative Divorce?

David Kowalski is a member of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin. Collaborative law is designed to ensure a divorce process free of court disputes. The negotiation of terms of a divorce can often become emotionally taxing for all parties involved, including children. A collaborative divorce begins with both spouses signing a binding agreement […]

What Is Coercive Control?

The United Nation’s definition of violence against women is as follows: “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” Coercive control, […]

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Emergency relief in military custody case

As discussed in an earlier blog, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) grants servicemembers a “stay” or freeze of a divorce or child custody case until s/he can legitimately participate. Upon the servicemember’s request, the case must be suspended for 90 days. However, what happens if a real emergency makes a suspension unrealistic? Earlier blogs […]

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When Happens If Your Spouse Tries to Hide Assets During the Divorce Process?

If your spouse hides assets during the divorce process, it is illegal. When a financial disclosure statement is filled out, one must sign it under oath. Therefore, lying on the financial disclosure statement is considered perjury under Wisconsin law. The Wisconsin Statutes specifically state, “complete disclosure of assets and debts is required by law and […]

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Obtaining financial information in a Wisconsin military divorce

All divorce cases require an analysis of each spouse’s assets, debts, and income. Divorce involving a military servicemember is no different. Basic documents such as the leave and earnings statement (LES), disability determination, points statement, etc. should be obtained in every case. There are several ways to obtain this information, with the last resort being […]

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Financial Disclosure in a Wisconsin Divorce

In a Wisconsin divorce, each spouse is required to issue a financial disclosure statement, which identifies all assets at hand. The list of assets Wisconsin couples are required to disclose include, but are not limited to, “real estate savings accounts, stocks and bonds, mortgages and notes, life insurance” and “retirement interests”. You can view more […]

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