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  • Do I Need an Attorney for a Cooperative Divorce?

    Divorce is never an easy decision for couples to make, but is oftentimes necessary when spouses can no longer make a marriage work. That said, there are ways to make this emotional process a little easier for all parties involved. Cooperative divorce is one such option. While mediation requires more trust between spouses, cooperative divorce still creates a far less contentious environment than ...
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  • How to Protect Your Personal Property in a Divorce

    Wisconsin is among one of the nine states in the country that embraces community property law in a divorce. This form of property division is intended to make separation as equal as possible, helping spouses receive their fair share of property acquired during marriage. Unfortunately, divorce is rarely straightforward, particularly if one spouse attempts to divide assets that are your personal ...
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  • How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce

    Social media has become part of our daily lives. Through platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, we are able to communicate and interact with one another, stay updated on current events, and share our day-to-day lives instantaneously. Some people even use social media to vent frustrations or look for advice. In a divorce case, however, social media activity can be used ...
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  • Can I Appeal My Case?

    When the courts have to make decisions as a part of your divorce through the litigation process, there is always the chance of error. Whether it’s a simple human error, a biased judge, or any other factor that may have contributed to an undesirable or unfair outcome, you do still have an option: appealing your decision and having it reviewed by a higher court. Here is some helpful information ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Getting a Restraining Order

    A restraining order , also known as a protective order, is an enforceable court document which orders someone not to harm you, to stay away from you, move out of the house, have no contact with you, or stop harassing you. Although most of these orders are used to protect abused spouses and exes from their abusers, they may be used to keep stalkers away as well. How to Obtain a Restraining Order in ...
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  • Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. Sponsors Silent Auction Fundraiser for DAIS

    Our team at Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. is thrilled to announce we will be sponsoring the Legal Association for Women in their upcoming event, I Resolve. This event is a silent auction raising funds for local organizations for women. The proceeds will go to DAIS, also known as the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in Dane County. You can learn more about this incredible organization ...
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  • Emergency Custody Orders: What You Need to Know

    There are many circumstances that may justify an emergency change in custody of a child. An emergency custody order is generally used to help a parent or other guardian remove a child from a dangerous or potentially dangerous situation. The court can be petitioned to allow another party to take custody of the child for their protection. Here’s what you should know about emergency custody orders. ...
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  • What Can I Do if I Paid Too Much Child Support?

    Child support payments can help the custodial parent support the children in their care, but it isn’t uncommon for a paying parent to have overpaid their child support obligations. If you have paid more than you are obligated to, you are entitled to receive the money back or find another option to recoup your losses. Here’s what you should know about overpaid child support. The Right Amount of ...
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  • Will Remarriage Affect My Divorce?

    Just because you are divorced, does not mean your divorce decree is set in stone. In fact, it is as ever-changing as your life will continue to be in the aftermath of your marriage’s dissolution. This is especially true when it comes to spousal support and child support. If you are wondering how or if remarriage might affect these payments, you are not alone in asking these questions. Here is what ...
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  • Pet Custody: Who Gets Fido?

    Pets are often treated as beloved family members and the prospect with parting with them in a divorce is just as heartbreaking as any other decision you might encounter on the path to the dissolution of your marriage. However, the law has not quite caught up with the sentimental attachment we have to our animal companions and, as such, pets are generally treated as personal property, much like a ...
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  • How Child Support is Calculated in Wisconsin

    Child support payments can be a hotly contested issue in any divorce case. In Wisconsin, there is a standard formula used to determine the amount of child support that should be paid. Child support is intended to cover the basic expenses of having a child, such as food, clothing, housing, utilities, transportation, personal care, and health insurance. How Much Child Support Will I Pay? The amount ...
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  • Family Law: Mediation vs. Litigation

    Divorce can be a long, stressful, and expensive process. Not every divorce needs to go to court to be settled, however. If you and your spouse are on civil terms with each other, you may desire to take a different route from litigation . Mediation may be a solution to make your divorce easier. The Benefits of Mediation in a Divorce Litigation and mediation both have their benefits, and the method ...
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  • How To Prepare for a High Asset Divorce

    If you and your spouse have decided to divorce , consider your next move carefully. Divorce is nearly always a difficult process, but this is especially true for couples with significant assets and extensive funds. Couples going through a high asset divorce can expect to experience more expenses and a lengthier legal process, especially pertaining to the division of assets . However, there are a ...
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  • Modify Child Custody in Time for Summer Break

    While most families are preparing for vacations and outings this summer, divorced and separated parents also have the added task of planning out their child custody arrangements. Making plans for your child custody or visitation schedule over summer break can be complicated even under the best circumstances, so it’s important to plan ahead to make the process as simple as possible. If you need to ...
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  • How Child Support is Calculated in Wisconsin

    Whether you are seeking payments or worried about your obligation to pay, both parents are responsible for providing child support in Wisconsin. A court can order one or both parents to pay child support that is either necessary or reasonable. In most cases, the parent with less than 50% of physical custody is the one who has to make the payment. Since the parent with majority custody is already ...
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