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Ozaukee County divorce attorney division of marital debt

Divorce can be challenging not only emotionally, but also financially, as couples will need to work to determine how their shared property will be distributed between the two spouses. You may go into your divorce understanding that you will need to divide your marital assets, but it is important to remember that you will also be expected to divide your debts and to prepare yourself for the impact on your personal finances. In Wisconsin, with few exceptions, assets obtained and debts incurred by either spouse during the marriage are considered shared marital property to be divided equally in a divorce. 

Loans Need to Be Paid Off Regardless of Marital Status

It is not uncommon for couples to acquire a lot of property during their marriage. Likewise, they can also rack up a lot of debt due to loans for education, vacation homes, vehicles, furniture, appliances, and even electronic devices such as phones and computers. Some common marital debts that can factor into your divorce settlement or resolution include:

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Ozaukee County criminal defense attorney OWI

Wisconsin has long been criticized for being the last state in the country to not criminalize a person’s first offense for operating a vehicle while they are intoxicated (OWI). While efforts are continuously being made to strengthen penalties for first-time OWI convictions, existing punishments for multiple OWI convictions can be strict, especially if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is relatively high when you are pulled over. Being convicted of an OWI not only means that you could face immense fines and other penalties but depending on your circumstances, this could also mean you now have a criminal record that could affect you for the rest of your life. If you have been charged with an OWI, you should speak with a Wisconsin OWI criminal defense attorney right away to protect your rights and driving privileges. 

Prohibited BAC Levels

In the state of Wisconsin, there is more than one way the law classifies whether a person is “intoxicated” when driving. You are considered to be operating while intoxicated if you:

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Ozaukee County Social Security Disability benefits attorney

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides two types of benefit programs to adults and children who may need financial assistance if they are disabled and unable to work. The SSA’s Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs both provide benefits, but the eligibility requirements for the two differ. In some situations, a child who is disabled may be eligible for benefits under the SSI program. However, there is a process that must be followed and documentation that must be completed before such benefits can be paid.

Eligibility Requirements  

In order for a child to be eligible to receive benefits from the SSI program, he or she must be under the age of 18 or 22 if he or she is enrolled in school, has a debilitating illness, disability, or condition, and falls within the income eligibility limits. Income limits for a child who is not blind state that the child cannot earn more than $1,260 a month in 2020, while a child who is blind cannot earn more than $2,110 a month.

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Walworth County criminal defense attorney weapons violation

Guns can be dangerous and downright deadly weapons in the hands of some people. Even if you do not mean any harm, firearms are capable of serious injuries. Just recently, two separate firearm-related incidents resulted in non-life-threatening injuries to two Wisconsin residents. One woman accidentally shot herself in the leg after illegally carrying her firearm inside of a waterpark and attempting to store it in the trunk of her car. Police state she may be facing charges for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. The other incident occurred when a man tried to shoot a woodchuck that was on his property, but missed and ended up hitting a nearby 80-year-old golfer. That is why it is imperative that Wisconsin gun owners understand the laws pertaining to the possession and carry of firearms in order to avoid serious criminal charges. 

Wisconsin Gun Laws

There are reasons why laws are created and enacted -- there was a need for them. Laws concerning firearms are always highly debated for their constitutionality and Wisconsin is rather liberal when it comes to firearm ownership, compared to other states. However, Wisconsin does have some laws that specifically prohibit certain kinds of behavior from firearm owners:

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Wisconsin divorce lawyerEnding a marriage is a big step for any couple, but this is especially true for couples who have been together for years. Even if you know that your marriage is not working and that neither of you is particularly happy, you may not be ready to officially divorce. Perhaps, for financial reasons, you cannot afford to divorce your spouse, but you know you cannot stay married either. Or maybe, unbeknownst to you, your spouse was actually married to another person when you got married to him or her. In situations such as these, it may be worth looking into other options for your marriage. Wisconsin recognizes three separate actions for dealing with legal marital issues: annulment, legal separation, and divorce. Although they are fairly similar, they do have separate requirements and outcomes. 

Annulment

If you have your marriage annulled, you are asking to have your marriage legally erased, as if it never happened. Annulment is a process that is only done in very limited circumstances. To get an annulment, you must meet at least one requirement outlined in Wisconsin’s laws. Grounds that qualify for annulment include:

  • You or your spouse lacked the capacity to consent to the marriage as a result of mental illness, intellectual disability, drug or alcohol use, or through the use of force or duress.

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