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Walworth County divorce decree modification attorney

Nothing stays the same forever; the only constant is change. The same can be said when it comes to divorce decrees and the decisions that they contain. In Wisconsin, a divorce decree will include all of the information that is needed to settle a divorce, such as how property is being divided, how child custody has been determined, and whether or not spousal maintenance or child support is relevant for the case. As everyone knows, circumstances can change over time, and what may have been right when the divorce was finalized may not be appropriate for current or future situations. In scenarios such as these, you may need to modify your Wisconsin divorce decree.

Time Requirements For Modifications

It is important to know that you cannot change elements of your divorce decree just because you want to or because you do not like them. You actually need a valid reason to modify your decree, and even then, there are certain things you typically cannot change, such as property division.

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Waukesha County child support lawyer

In any divorce that involves children, it is likely the case will also include child support. Many parents wonder how they will continue to support themselves and their children after a divorce, especially because they will be essentially running a household on a single income. To help mitigate some of the costs of raising a child, child support is typically ordered to be paid by the parent who spends less time with the child, although a handful of other factors also go into calculating child support. No two child support cases are the same, which is why it is important to understand how Wisconsin law specifies that child support is calculated.

Sole Custody Cases

Child support in sole custody cases is typically easier to calculate than in shared custody cases. When one parent has sole custody of the child, the child is with the non-custodial parent for less than 92 overnight visits per year. Typically, this amounts to spending every other weekend with the non-custodial parent. Wisconsin uses a standard percentage model to calculate the amount the non-custodial parent owes to the custodial parent:

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