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Property Division

How debt can affect the property division process in Wisconsin

Couples in Wisconsin tend to share all of their resources and obligations, from their homes to their mortgages. If someone files for divorce, addressing the marital estate to divide it between the spouses is a necessary part of that process. Most people recognize that...

How to decide whether to keep or sell your house during divorce

A marital home often holds a deep emotional significance for couples. During divorce proceedings, deciding what to do with this shared asset can be overwhelming and confusing. Should you keep the house and create a fresh start within its familiar walls, or sell it and...

3 behaviors that could constitute dissipation of marital assets

Divorce has a way of bringing out the worst behavior in people. Individuals who have previously treated each other with respect and affection may become cruel and malicious toward one another during a divorce. Someone who has previously shared generously with their...

Gray divorce and retirement

Many older adults look forward to when they can leave the workforce and enjoy retirement. Traveling, spending time with family, and having time to pursue their favorite hobbies are typically at the top of their golden years to-do list. Finding yourself in the middle...

Should you take a second look at that prenup?

Before two people get married, they have the opportunity to make a prenuptial agreement. A prenup is a kind of legal agreement that people make to help define a relationship and establish what the risk of divorce would mean. Prenups are often used to protect assets...

Are you keeping the dog after the divorce?

Many couples treat their pets as if they were their own children. This is especially true for people who have had their pets since they were young. The biggest concern some people have during a divorce is who will get their furry, scaly or feathery friend.  While it...

Separate assets may join the community estate

Wisconsin is a community property state, which means that all assets inside of the marital estate are divided evenly in a divorce settlement. For instance, if your spouse bought a house during the marriage, you would likely be entitled to half of its value. Of course,...

What to do with shared property and liabilities when you divorce

As couples dissolve their marriages, they will also need to address both their shared property and their debt. As a community property state, Wisconsin has specific rules about how these can be divided. What are the community property rules? In states that follow the...

The unexpected aspects of divorce

Marriages that end in divorce leave spouses shaken. No one expects married life to end in a legal dissolution, but such things happen, as the high divorce rate will attest. Some marriages are so troubled that a divorce decree from a Wisconsin family law judge leads to...

Social Security spousal benefits: who qualifies?

Spousal benefits are benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). These benefits are based on your spouse's work history over the last few decades. Sometimes, you may be eligible to receive spousal support from the SSA even if you are no longer married. If...

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