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Wisconsin Custody and Physical Placement of a Child

If you are a parent considering divorce, you and your spouse may be able to work out an agreement regarding child custody and physical placement that works well for your child.  Child custody refers to a right to make legal decisions regarding your child, which may include where your child will attend school, their religious …
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When Separate Property Becomes Marital Property

Even though your name might not be on the title of the car or house, Wisconsin is a community property state in a divorce, so half of the marital assets are yours under most circumstances. This is regardless of whether your spouse earned more money or brought in all of the income during the marriage …
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Child Support Modification Questions

Many questions regarding the payment of child support arise when a parent remarries, loses their job, or increases their income. The rule of thumb is that if there is a substantial change in financial circumstances of either or both parents, the amount of child support may be modified. Say for example, a parent remarries. Many …
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Dividing Retirement Benefits

Poorly drafted divorce agreements involving dividing retirement benefits such as 401ks, IRAs and pensions are a common issue resulting in post-divorce litigation. Sometimes, specific details are not addressed in the agreement or a step in the execution process is overlooked. Unfortunately, not getting it right the first time can lead to the loss of valuable …
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Qualified Domestic Relations Order

Dividing retirement assets such as 401K’s and pensions as part of a divorce settlement require a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO). A Qualified Domestic Relations Order is a legal document that divides the assets in a retirement plan between spouses. Because the employer’s retirement fund often requires the plan holder to initiate the starting date …
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Finalizing Your Divorce in 2018 May Save You Money

A reminder to those considering divorce…new tax laws will impact how spousal maintenance is treated beginning January 1, 2019, which can make a difference in how much money remains in the the family unit. Current Tax Laws and Spousal Maintenance Spouses who pay alimony that finalize their divorce on or before December 31, 2018 will …
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