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  • The Benefits of Establishing Paternity

    Many men find it difficult to legally establish their paternal rights when they have a child out of wedlock. Under the eyes of the law, there is a key distinction between a “legal father” and a “biological father.” Unfortunately, a biological father doesn’t have any legal rights to his child until paternity is established. In South Carolina, a biological father can establish his parental rights by ...
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  • Linda Balisle Awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year for Family Law" by Best Lawyers®

    For nearly 40 years, Attorney Linda Balisle has dedicated her career to providing unwavering yet compassionate legal representation to people who are going through complex and high-stakes divorces and family law disputes . She has built a reputation for being a trustworthy legal guide and advocate through difficult times. Throughout the years, she has earned numerous awards for her skills, ...
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  • 2 Financial Issues That Complicate a Gray Divorce

    In the last 30 years, there has been a record surge in the number of “gray divorces” being filed by baby boomers. A gray divorce refers to couples who separate after decades of marriage. As times change and lifespans increase, it’s becoming more common for people to reconsider the quality of their lives as they approach their golden years. Even so, there are unique financial complications that ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Legally Separating Before Divorce

    Many of our clients ask us if legally separating before divorce will impact their settlement. In this blog, we answer this question and tell you what you need to know about legal separation before divorce. What Is Legal Separation? A legal separation is a court order that dictates the rights and responsibilities of married spouses who have decided they want to live separate lives. While all other ...
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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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