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5 tips for choosing a great lawyer

Whether you need help with estate planning, a divorce or a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll want and need to have the right attorney in your corner.

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Adoption: nearly always a happy story

Adoptions come in many forms—domestic and international—and here in the U.S. require voluntary or involuntary termination of parental rights.

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Alternative dispute resolution can save time and money

Considered cost-effective, fast, flexible and fair, ADR is the most popular method for resolving disputes in this region.

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Animal Companions: Three Legal Issues to Consider Before You Adopt

Companion animals can be wonderful additions to a home or family.

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Augmented reality meets metal and glass: Poke-risks in a Poke-verse

Pokemon is nothing new. Since the late 90s, gamers have captured, trained and battled with hundreds of little creatures from the comfort of their couches. Pokemon has spawned anime and manga television series, a few dozen films and a lovely low-tech card trading game that cost unknown numbers of third graders stern reprimands during silent reading time. Now, the Pokemon franchise gives us some legal issues to consider.

Broken engagement: who keeps the ring?

It’s wedding season again.

Child Custody and Placement - Who Wins?

My husband and I are divorcing, and we both want sole custody of our only child. We aren’t able to resolve this ourselves, and it will probably end up in court. Since I’m the mother, isn’t it most likely I’ll win?

Child placement: when can child decide?

In the state of Wisconsin, what age does a child need to be to determine with which parent he or she lives full time?

Child support - do I have to keep paying even though I lost my job?

I was just laid off from my job, but my ex is still demanding the same level of child support. I just don't have it. Do I have to keep paying?

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Choosing an Attorney: Five Tips to Follow

Whether you need help with estate planning, a divorce or a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll want and need to have the right attorney in your corner.

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Classic mistakes to avoid in a divorce

Sadly, happily-ever-after does not always happen, a reason many couples find themselves in court to dissolve what once appeared to be so promising.

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Co-Parenting: Little Eyes Are Watching

Breaking up is hard. Breaking up with someone you had children with is impossible—especially when the children are still at home.

Collecting child support from out-of-state parents

When a divorced parent decides to move out-of-state, child support payments rank along with custody and visitation at the top of concerns--especially for the parent receiving the child support payment.

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Combating myths of maintenance after divorce

Once upon a time in America, men were the breadwinners and women sacrificed careers to raise the kids. Thus, women often received alimony after a divorce.

Commonly missed tax deductions

The search for tax deductions is a year-round effort, and it's a search that often includes oversights.

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Conscious Uncoupling: a new spin on Collaborative Divorce?

Couples employing collaborative divorce find there’s less fear and anxiety since there’s no threat of going to court.

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Cooperation key to child placement during the holidays

Holidays can be tricky when you have extended family.

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Curfew Laws: Why you need to know where your child is

Many parents today remember a time when the 10 p.m. news began with a question for viewers: “It’s 10 p.m.  Do you know where your child is?”

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Divorce and Insurance: Three Important Considerations

As if there isn’t enough to worry about when divorcing — child placement and support, maintenance, dividing assets and liabilities — you also need to think about insurance.

Divorce and Taxes: Expect Changes

Without a doubt, divorce and taxes are among the least pleasant aspects of life. When combining the two, you may be surprised to see how much more unpleasant the implications can be.

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Divorce: who gets the dog?

It’s a question so common, it’s the name of a romantic comedy starring Alicia Silverstone now in post-production. Unfortunately when the question ‘who gets the dog’ arises in real life, there’s very little if anything comedic about it.

Divorcing couples means dividing property

Estimates suggest that more than 2,500 couples divorce each day in the United States. 

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Do you need a prenup? Depends on how you answer these four questions.

These four questions can help you determine whether a prenup makes sense for you and your partner.

Facebook posts can cost you time with your child

It seems we just can’t say it enough: be careful what you post on Facebook.

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Five everyday legal tips to make life easier

Life can be messy. Thankfully, with a little legal planning, some of the messiest aspects of life can be minimized or prevented altogether. These five legal tips can help you preemptively smooth out some of the transitions and trials of life.

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Five reasons DIY should stand for DON'T do it yourself when it comes to divorce

In today's do-it-yourself mentality, fueled by easier access to how-to information than ever before, it's not uncommon for consumers to take on more tasks themselves.

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Five Things You Can't Do During Divorce

The divorce process is an emotional gauntlet that can be tough to navigate. After all, nobody walks down the aisle expecting their marriage to someday end. If you do find yourself at the end of your marriage, avoid further friction by considering the following “don’ts” during your divorce.

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Five tips for choosing a lawyer

Chances are at some point in your life, you'll need a lawyer. It is the nature of the complex world we live in that sometimes we need the guidance of an attorney to protect our interests. Whatever the reason, you want to make sure you get the caliber of representation you deserve. 

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Four considerations for people Googling "divorce" after Christmas

Google searches for the word “divorce” show a notable decrease in the weeks leading up to Christmas and a significant increase in the 10 days following. If you find yourself contributing to these Google search patterns, you may find these tips helpful.

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Four things you need to know about cohabitation contracts

More than ever, couples are choosing cohabitation over marriage. If you and your partner are living together and want to maintain the simplicity you sought in the first place, you may want to consider a cohabitation contract.

 
 
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Four tips for timing your divorce

There’s a lot that should go into timing decisions—considerations that can make a big difference in the outcome.

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Getting engaged: legal considerations lack romance

Valentine’s Day isn’t just all about love and chocolate. If it includes a marriage proposal, it can also be about oral contracts and conditional gifts.

Grandparents (sometimes) have legal right to visit grandchildren

Grandparents often lament not seeing their grandchildren as often as they’d like.

Grandparents rights: not a sure thing

Your heart melts when you think of your grandchildren, but your kids won’t allow you to see them.

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How much does divorce cost in Wisconsin?

One of the first questions asked by someone contemplating divorce is how much does it cost?

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Is it legal to spy on your spouse?

Spouses may spy to see if their partners are cheating, spending time with undesirable friends, drinking, gambling or otherwise behaving badly. But is it legal?

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Judge Judy versus small claims court: a battle for the real people's court

Judge Judy recently made headlines for being the highest-paid television personality in the world, pulling in $47 million per year for handing down her own brand of justice.

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Parents and underage drinking: what you need to know

If you have a teenager, chances are you’re gearing up for prom and graduation season.

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Prenuptial Agreements Are Smart Estate Planning Tools

It’s an unfortunate reality that one in every two marriages will end in divorce.

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Realistic expectations key for marriage ... and divorce

Believe it or not, marriage and divorce have a lot in common. While anticipating either, we tend to view them as panaceas. But in both cases, they rarely (if ever) are, and you’ll survive either one much better if you enter with realistic expectations. With that in mind, here’s what you can and cannot expect a divorce to do.

Recent and pending divorces: a tax filing primer

For people who divorced last year or who are in the midst of divorcing now, taxes are yet another of the many details to be negotiated.

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Renegotiating child placement: stay focused on the children

When parents divorce, lawyers will very likely advise them on developing a child placement schedule.

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Revising Your Estate Plan During and After Divorce

You are separated. Is this the time to change beneficiaries on life insurance and your retirement accounts?

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Same-sex marriage v. Domestic partnerships

Now that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the nation, many same-sex couples in Wisconsin are wondering how that affects domestic partnerships. The answer is it doesn’t. The domestic partnership law still exists and is available to all adult couples. 

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Screening sitters: eight steps to give you peace of mind

The end of the school year marks the beginning of summer sitter season. If you're among the many families looking for someone to watch your children, we have several screening suggestions to help.

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Should you say I do to the prenup?

Do you really need a prenuptial agreement? If you’re in Wisconsin, this quiz will help you decide.

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Should you take your spouse's name?

Nearly 30,000 Wisconsin brides each year must decide whether to change their names when they marry. Among those, roughly 60 to 80 percent do take their husbands’ last names.

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Six legal questions to ask before you get married

A lot of factors go into deciding whether to marry. In addition to love, lifelong commitment and companionship, you’re wise to also consider the practical side—including the legal aspects of a prospective tied knot. When it comes to legal questions, here are the top six you need to ask before you say "I do." 

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Six reasons to reconsider marriage later in life

By the time some single or divorced people reach age 50 or 60, they’ve sworn off marriage, even if they’re in a committed relationship.

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Taxes in Maintenance

Tax implications should be considered in divorce settlements, according to attorney Sonja Davig.

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The benefits of a parenting agreement

Over the course of his practice, attorney Brian Weber has seen the importance of creating parenting agreements for children after a divorce. 

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The party's at our house

We’re hosting a graduation party at home for our son and a few of his friends. As long as we’re supervising, is there any problem with serving a little beer?

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Three legal steps to take when baby comes

Even though Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s baby will be born into vast wealth and celebrity, they still have one thing in common with married parents in our neck of the woods.

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Three tips for smart phone safety

With families’ busy schedules today, it’s often easier for everyone when the kids, like the parents, have a cell phone.

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Top 5 Legal Issues for Pregnant Women and New Moms

As with any major life change, when you’re pregnant or bringing a new baby home, there are often accompanying legal considerations. 

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Top four spousal support questions

It used to be that women stayed home to care for the house and children while men went out and earned the paycheck. Clearly, times have changed, and two-income households are more the norm for married couples. It’s one area where the law has kept pace with society’s changing demographics, and in more and more cases, maintenance (formerly known as alimony) today looks very different than it did even 30 years ago.

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Top three legal tips for destination weddings

June remains the most popular month for weddings, and a surprising number of those weddings — one in four — will be destination weddings where the nuptials take place at least 100 miles from the bride’s home.

Toy Safety Update 2011: Dreaming of an iChristmas

Based on recent buying trends, it would appear many people this year are dreaming of an iChristmas

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U.S. Supreme Court to discuss same-sex marriage

A lot of eyes will be on the U.S. Supreme Court next Monday.

Underage drinking could cost parents

If you have a teenager, chances are you’re gearing up for prom and graduation season.  But if alcohol becomes part of those special events, both you and your teen stand to get in serious legal trouble.

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Users Guide to Divorce

A booklet full of insider knowledge and tips to help you move through divorce.

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What is yours is mine, but what is mine is... a look at common mistakes in dividing marital property

With love in your eyes and a wedding about to happen, the idea of planning for ending your marriage seems unseemly. But the reality is marriages may end, requiring the splitting of property. 

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What to do when a spouse racks up debt

Research has shown time and again that financial and money disagreements are leading causes of divorce, so it should be no surprise that they are also one of the most contentious issues to resolve when the marriage ends.

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When is my child old enough to stay home alone?

My child has been going to day care after school, where she stays until I finish work.

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When your children travel without you

My children are flying out west this summer to spend a week with my sister. What documents should I send with them for just-in-case incidents?
 

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Wisconsin law on bullying limited

With increasing reports of bullying today, it is natural for parents to worry. Research has shown how bullying can lead to emotional scars, even suicide.