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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 […]

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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 […]

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic violence unfortunately remains amazingly prevalent in our society. Estimates consistently indicate that between 25-30% of women experience domestic violence at some point in their lives.  In Wisconsin alone, 48 domestic violence victims were killed in 2013.  Anyone who has spent time at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison, as I have, on days when restraining orders are scheduled […]

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Wisconsin child custody order prevents abduction

A parent, particularly a citizen of another country, who wishes to remove a child from the United States should be monitored extremely carefully.  Wisconsin child custody orders must be carefully drafted in this situation. The fact is that, if a parent leaves the US with a child and refuses to bring her back, it is extremely difficult […]

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Ensure cooperation in a Wisconsin child custody case

Wisconsin child custody cases can devolve too quickly into nastiness.  Although all parents would  acknowledge that their children’s interests are best served when the parents get along, many fail to cooperate regularly.   Some legitimate disagreements are expected. If the parents got along well in the first place, their relationship would probably still be intact.  However, […]

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