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The winter holiday season is well on its way, but this can be a difficult time of year for some people, especially if they have just gone through or are currently going through a divorce. Your first Christmas after your divorce can be one of the toughest periods you will experience, especially if you have children. Everyone wants their children to have a happy and cheerful upbringing with fond childhood memories, but that can seem like a pipe dream when you are in the midst of a divorce. It is important to remember that just because your first holiday after a divorce may not seem very festive, it does get easier. Here are a few tips to help you celebrate the holidays amidst and after your divorce:

Rethink Your Mindset

It can be saddening to think that your whole family will not be together for the holidays any longer, but that does not mean you cannot have a good time. Even if you do not see your children on specific holidays, you can still make the day meaningful. For example, if you are alone on Thanksgiving, consider volunteering at a soup kitchen to make someone else’s day better. Having a nice holiday is all about how you look at it.

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Milwaukee County parenting plan lawyer

The end of August signals the start of another school year. Any parent can become stressed or overwhelmed with the demands of the back-to-school season, but this time of year can be especially difficult for parents who are divorced. Arguments may arise over school supply shopping or emergency contact forms, and these disputes can get heated and out of hand if you let them. Co-parenting is not easy, and back-to-school time can make it even more stressful. The following tips can help you if you are recently divorced with a child who is starting school soon.

  1. Figure Out Who is Paying For What

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Milwaukee County child relocation lawyer

A divorce is considered by many to be a fresh start. People who get divorced often decide to relocate to begin their next chapter in life. Whether it is a move to accept a new job, to be closer to extended family, or simply for a change of scenery, relocating with a child can be difficult. Under Wisconsin divorce law, there are certain rules a parent must follow when he or she wishes to move with his or her child. Either parent who has been granted physical placement of the child can petition to move with the child. Not following the rules of relocation can result is less than favorable consequences and can end with a petition for relocation being denied.

Filing the Motion to Relocate

If a parent wishes to move with a child and make the child’s permanent residence more than 100 miles away from the child's current residence, the parent must file a motion to relocate with the court. The relocation plan in the motion must include:

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Delafield, WI child custody lawyerIf you are getting divorced, you know the confusion and uncertainty it can bring. One of the most common questions people getting a divorce ask is, “What happens to my children?” While this is a legitimate and important question, there is no simple answer. Just because you are getting a divorce from your spouse does not mean that your--or their--relationship with your children ends. You may not be married forever, but you will be a parent for life. You and your spouse may be in agreement about the legal and physical custody of your children, or you might have different ideas of what should happen.

Resolving Custody Issues Through Mediation

Wisconsin courts strongly believe that parents should try their best to settle any custody disagreements on their own. When parents make their own decisions about custody, they are more likely to stick to their decisions. If parents are not able to come to an agreement, Wisconsin courts may require them to attend at least one session of mediation to help them resolve any outstanding issues. If the spouses are unable to reach an agreement through mediation, then the parents will need to file a parenting plan with the court within 60 days. 

Elements of Wisconsin Parenting Plans

In Wisconsin, the person who is petitioning for sole or joint custody of the child must file a parenting plan with the court. If the other parent does not also file a parenting plan within 60 days, they waive their right to object to the parenting plan. A parenting plan filed with the court should contain the following elements:

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Wisconsin Parenting Plans 101

Waukesha parenting plan lawyerA document that outlines all parental duties is known as a parenting plan. When a couple with children decides to file for divorce, it is each parent’s responsibility to file a proposed parenting plan asking the court to make decisions about the legal custody and physical placement of their children. In the event that both parents completely agree on these issues, one plan may be filed, but in many cases, each parent will file their own proposed plan. Below is some more information on how parenting plans work in Wisconsin:

Who Decides On a Parenting Plan?

In the ideal situation, both parents are involved in a child’s life. However, if your divorce is the result of abuse, domestic violence, or another dangerous issue, you may prefer to handle all parental duties on your own, and you may ask the court to grant you sole custody of your children. If you do wish to share these duties, you will need to work with your ex-spouse to create a parenting plan that you both agree on.

Even though you and your child’s other parent are highly encouraged to come up with an agreed plan, any proposed parenting plan will need to be approved by the court. If your plan protects your child’s best interests, it will likely be approved by a judge. In the event that you and your child’s other parent do not create a plan or cannot agree on certain issues, the court may make decisions on your behalf.

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