Divorce

Recent Posts in Divorce Category

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Community Property vs. Equitable Distribution

    There are many issues involved in a Wisconsin divorce . From child custody to alimony payments, you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse may disagree with one another of one or several terms. One of the most common subjects that are hotly contested during divorce involves how property and assets are divided. In the United States, there are two types of laws that determine property division: community ...
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  • How Parents Should Act During a Divorce

    No matter what age, divorce is often a substantial change in a child’s life. Studies have shown that children whose parents are divorced don’t do as well in school and are less likely to go to college, 25% more likely to use and abuse alcohol and drugs by age 14, and are twice as likely to get divorced themselves. Fortunately, there are several ways to avoid these outcomes. However, preventing ...
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  • When It's Time to Call it Quits on Your Marriage

    As divorce attorneys, we often hear our clients say they weren’t sure when to accept the marriage was over. Some say they wish they had done so sooner, while some men and women remain in unhappy marriages because they are not sure how they will be perceived by their community, friends, family, or religious organization. In this blog, our Madison family law attorney discusses the common signs your ...
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  • Women's Guide to a Less Stressful Divorce

    Divorce is one of the most stressful, emotionally draining events you can experience. Not only are you mourning the loss of your family as it was before the decision to divorce was final, but you’re also mourning the loss of a life partner, worried about your finances, and where you and the kids will live. For many women, it can feel like an elephant is sitting on their chest throughout their ...
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  • What Happens to Child Support When a Child Becomes an Adult in Wisconsin?

    In the state of Wisconsin, parents are obligated to financially support a child until his or her 18 th birthday. This obligation may be extended to the age of 19 if the child is still in high school and in pursuit of a high school diploma. Children do not always simply age out of support automatically, however, and sometimes parents are contacted by the Child Support Agency to terminate their ...
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  • Divorce and Health Insurance in Wisconsin

    Divorce is never an easy thing. While it takes an obvious emotional toll, divorce also complicates many other aspects of both spouses’ lives. Health insurance is one such issue that a married couple will face upon ending their union, particularly if a spouse is receiving coverage via their spouse’s employer. With some of the fairly recent changes in Wisconsin law regarding health insurance, there ...
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  • How to Tell Your Kids You're Getting Divorced

    Think of all the stress, frustration, fear and sadness you have likely felt leading up to the decision to divorce. Most people are overwhelmed with emotion during this time. As a parent, you offer your children stability; they look at you and your partner for guidance about the world. Divorce means change for your family and your children need your help understanding what this change means for ...
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  • Divorce When There Is A Family or Privately Held Business

    Sometimes a business owner will refer to the business as "my baby." In a divorce action, the potent combination of financial security provided by a family-owned business, and the emotional attachment to this additional "baby" in the family, can derail both the family and the business. It doesn't have to be that way. It is possible to address openly and honestly how to fairly compensate both ...
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