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Divorce or custody issues? Our attorneys are here to help.

Family matters, especially divorce and custody, are emotional. That’s why it’s important to hire a family law attorney you can trust. We encourage you to contact us to go over your unique circumstances so we can help you figure out the best plan to move forward.   

If you choose us to handle your family law case, we will take the time to really get to know you and understand your goals. We believe that it’s not our job to make your spouse or the opposing party miserable; if they are miserable they will make you miserable as well. Instead, it is our job to walk you through your divorce, custody or other family law issue, as efficiently as possible. We place a great emphasis on minimizing the stress that going to court creates. We also focus on keeping your costs as low as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a lawyer for my divorce?
Even divorces that appear to have minimal conflict can be very complicated. While you and your spouse may appear to be in agreement on the major issues, difficulties often arise during discussions about assets, such as investment accounts and other property division. It is very important that you have an attorney experienced in family law on your side to review any settlement and make sure that your interests are protected throughout the divorce process.   

How much does a divorce cost?
The cost of divorce can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the issues and the cooperation received from each side. For example, cases involving child custody or complex business divisions tend to be more expensive. In contrast, cases where the spouses agree on the majority of the major issues are often much cheaper. We do everything possible to keep your costs down. We pride ourselves in our ability to work with other attorneys as well as your spouse in a collaborative manor that reduces conflict and in doing so, keeps your costs as low as possible.  

How long does a divorce take?
The length of a divorce depends on many factors, the most common factors include:

  • Whether or not you and your spouse agree on property division
  • Custody issues
  • Jurisdiction (where you file for divorce)  

In Douglas County, Wisconsin, a divorce cannot be granted for at least 120 days after the divorce action is filed with the court.

How does property division work in a divorce?
Wisconsin is a community property state, which means that all property is either classified as “community property” or “separate property.” In most cases, community property is defined as property that was acquired during the marriage; however, property acquired by a single spouse by gift or inheritance is not considered community property. Instead, property acquired by a spouse as a gift or inheritance during their marriage, as well as property that was acquired before marriage, is generally classified as separate property.   

Don’t let these two classifications fool you! The definitions might seem easy but division can be a very complicated process, especially when things like bank accounts or other property have been commingled throughout a marriage.

Will I get alimony (also known as maintenance) from my spouse?
That depends; each court has its own method to determine how much should be paid, to whom, and for how long. Courts will consider things such as the disposable income of the parties, the standard of living that the parties enjoyed during the marriage, as well as the ability each spouse has to provide for their own needs. It is important to consult with an experience divorce attorney when trying to sort out appropriate alimony payments.   

What happens to my children if I get divorced?
First, it’s important to acknowledge that divorce can be just as difficult on children as it is on parents. In most cases the court will put great emphasis on the parties coming up with an amicable solution to custody and placement schedules. If the parties cannot agree the court will then intervene. Child custody and placement laws assume that children are happiest and healthiest when they have a good relationship with both parents. Accordingly, courts will try to make sure both parents are involved in their children’s lives when at all possible.  

Because custody and placement are often hotly contested issues, it’s best to discuss your specific circumstance with your attorney because no two cases or situations are the same. Our Superior Wisconsin divorce attorneys are ready to help. 

 

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