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How apps can help you co-parent

Are you a recently divorced parent in Wisconsin? Whether you have one child or mutliple children, you are no doubt learning that parenting with a former spouse is an art unto itself. While you are no longer married and do not have to deal with the stresses of interfacing with your ex on a moment-by-moment basis, you can never fully divorce yourself from them so long as you need to raise your children together. 

The Online Mom suggests that if you are struggling to find ways to work cooperatively with your former partner, you might try looking at technology to help you. There are a multitude of apps and online sites that are designed specifically to facilitate positive co-parenting before former spouses. Because communication is a common challenge for many parents, most tools offer some type of mechanism for exchanging messages. You can also store messages to avoid any chances of forgetting who said or agreed to what.

What are the benefits of a plea bargain?

In Wisconsin, plea bargains or negotiations may be an option to look into for those who feel like the sentence or odds they currently face are against them. While there is plenty of controversy surrounding the general notion of plea bargains and whether they're good for anyone involved, you may also benefit off of them in several different ways.

The Legal Dictionary defines a plea bargain as a negotiation that takes place between you, the defendant, and the prosecutor. With a plea bargain, you stand to significantly reduce the potential punishments you may be facing. For example, you could get a lower jail sentence, lowered fines, or changes made to the charges you face. They could be reduced in severity or, in some cases, dismissed entirely.

How does the law define reckless injury?

The common thought amongst most in West Bend is likely that in order for a crime to be committed, there has to be a certain level of intent. So what happens if you injure someone when you didn’t intend to? Could you still be charged with a crime? The answer may depend on the nature of your conduct that led to another person sustaining an injury.

The penalties that you may face for injuries that you may have caused where there was potentially no intent to harm are spelled out in Section 940.23 of the Wisconsin state statutes. The law refers to this particular type of crime specifically as “reckless injury.” According to the statute, if you recklessly cause harm to another person or an unborn baby, you could be charged with a Class F felony. The category of felony is elevated to a Class D if it is determined that your actions showed an “utter disregard for human life.”

Will a protection order hurt your future?

In Wisconsin, there are both protection and restraining orders. They are designed to protect abuse victims from their abusers, but they can also be misused by people who just want an edge when it comes to child custody or other divorce matters. If you have been facing untrue accusations and have been the subject of a restraining order, Mayer Law Office, LLC., will provide you with all the reasons you need to fight back against it.

First of all, if a protection order is finalized, it will go on your record. What does this mean for you? It means that anyone who can or must see your record will see that you've had a restraining order filed against you. In extreme cases, this can actually cause you to lose your job. You may also face ridicule and discrimination solely because of this black spot on your record, even if it's otherwise clean.

Divorcing? Might not want to count your assets before they hatch

The end of a marriage can be an extremely stressful and intimidating period in life. Perhaps you and your spouse have decided to take separate paths moving forward. While you are likely experiencing some emotional challenges following the decision, these wounds may heal with time. The financial ramifications of divorce, however, could have a significant long-term impact on your future.

You probably want to protect your financial future following such a stressful life event. With the complex nature of the division of marital property, you may be unsure how to achieve this goal. Having knowledge of the distinct types of property could go a long way in preparing you for the road ahead.

What's the difference between visitation rights and custody?

As a recently divorced parent in Wisconsin, you already have a lot on your plate. Add child custody to the mix and you can easily find yourself in a tricky, messy, or overall unpleasant situation. We at Mayer Law Office, LLC, will help guide you through this difficult period of ironing out schedules and giving explanations to your child post-divorce.

The first thing to understand is that visitation rights and child custody are not the same thing. If you have been awarded sole custody, it means you alone are responsible for the important decisions for your child. This includes health care decisions, schooling choices, and even the possibility of moving. Joint custody means that you and your ex-spouse will continue to co-parent together even after your split. They will have as much say in the important decisions of your child's life as you do, though your child might not spend as much time living with them as they do with you.

Should I keep a joint mortgage after a divorce?

Are you and your spouse planning to get a divorce in Wisconsin? Do you own a home together and have a current and active joint mortgage on your house? If so, you will need to navigate your options about how to handle not just the house but also the mortgage. Property division settlements are as much about debts as they are about liabilities and mortgages are often one of a couple's biggest debts to address when getting divorced.

Bankrate provides interesting insights for people who want to keep their homes but may not be able to successfully refinance a mortgage into just one person's name. This may happen if you are currently underwater on your mortgage or simply because the credit iof whoever seeks the new mortgage is not sufficient  to be approved for a solo loan at this time. If staying in the house is truly what you or your spouse want to do, you may then be looking at maintaining a jointly held mortgage.

Tips on discussing divorce with kids

West Bend families contending with divorce may have concerns about discussing the topic with their children. Kids are bound to take the separation of their parents very seriously, which only underscores how important it is to broach the subject in a rational and appropriate manner.

According to Parents, having a plan in place before having a discussion can be a great idea. This will allow parents to narrow down the important points that their children need to hear, whihc can include language related to how much both parents love their kids, and the fact that just because they’re separating does not mean that they loved them any less. Parents should also stress that their marital issues have nothing to do with the actions or behavior of the children in question.

How a prenup helps in a remarriage

If you are one of the many people in Wisconsin who has been divorced before and is now considering getting married again, you may well have different questions and concerns that you did going into your first marriage. Certainly you want and deserve to feel the joy involved in finding love and partnership but you will also want to know you are protected. This can be especially important if you have children from your first marriage. A prenuptial agreement may be one of the best ways to do this.

As explained by 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy, a prenup does a lot more than just outline provisions for a potential and hopefully never-to-happen divorce. A prenuptial agreement can be a valuable estate planning tool. Imagine that you and your to-be new spouse both have family heirlooms that your own biological children would someday hope to receive. A prenup can outline these things and help to prevent problems when one or both of you die.

Pets caught in the middle of divorce disputes

There is no denying that people love their pets. You are no exception. Whether your pet has come to you relatively recently or has been in your life for decades, nothing else can fill the special place in your heart for the animal that has brought you so much joy. Now, in the midst of divorce, you may be shocked to learn that Wisconsin law considers your pet to be property and may include the animal, along with the dishes and furniture, in the division of your marital assets.

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