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There are many reasons why couples divorce. Maybe they realized they were better off just as friends, or perhaps someone’s needs were not being met. Whatever the circumstances, the divorce process is almost always more difficult and more complex when there are hostilities between the spouses. It is not uncommon for one spouse to have sole responsibility for the bills or finances. Divorcing with less-than-amicable feelings can sometimes cause that spouse to attempt to hide assets out of spite or anger. Not only is this untruthful, but it is also illegal and can carry some serious consequences. 

Requirements for Financial Disclosure

During a divorce, Wisconsin courts require both spouses to be fully transparent about their finances. All assets owned fully or partially by the individual spouses and all assets owned jointly between the spouses must be disclosed. This includes assets such as:

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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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Waukesha County divorce lawyer

Going through a divorce can be one of the most confusing times in your life. You probably will make mistakes because of the slew of emotions a divorce can bring out. You may feel sad, angry, depressed, or even anxious over the divorce, which are all emotions that can distract you and prohibit you from thinking clearly. Even just a simple mistake made during your divorce can impact the rest of your life, which is why it is important to tread carefully in a divorce and seek experienced legal counsel.

The following are a few common mistakes you should avoid in your Wisconsin divorce:

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Delafield spousal maintenance lawyerNot all divorces will involve spousal maintenance, also known as alimony. In the 1960s, around 25 percent of divorce cases involved an alimony award, while today that number is somewhere around 10 percent. In Wisconsin, that number is estimated to be even lower, with only an estimated 8.6 percent of divorces involving spousal maintenance. When alimony was more common in divorce cases, it was mostly awarded to women who had expected to be stay-at-home parents or homemakers for life and who would rely on alimony as their only source of income post-divorce. Today, alimony is only awarded in special circumstances. Though it is not impossible to think that you may receive spousal maintenance payments, it is rare, especially in Wisconsin.

Is a Spousal Maintenance Award Warranted?

If you end up going to court to determine whether or not spousal maintenance will be awarded, the judge will look at a variety of factors before making their decision. These factors can include:

  • The length of the marriage.

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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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