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What could affect your ability to adopt?

Wisconsin has numerous adoption requirements in place that prospective parents like you need to consider carefully. Whether or not you fulfill these requirements can have a big impact on your ability to adopt within the state.

American Adoptions lists out the adoption requirements in Wisconsin. They point out that assessing whether or not you're ready to adopt is just the first step. However, that initial assessment is of key importance. During this portion of the process, you should consider if you have enough sustainable income to raise a child, how you and your co-parent will raise a child together, and whether or not you're emotionally ready to support a child.

What should you know about adopting in Wisconsin?

As a Wisconsin resident who is ready to start the journey of adoption, there are a number of things you should know first. Not only are there national laws about adoption, but each state has its own adoption system as well, with its own requirements, rules, and regulations.

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has a page on adoption within Wisconsin. There, you can find a good deal of information on how to adopt and on becoming an adoptive parent. For example, Wisconsin has five different types of adoption. As listed on the website, they are:

  • Relative
  • Public
  • Private
  • Stepparent
  • International

Can you get a job after being convicted of a misdemeanor?

When you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Wisconsin, you may not consider how this will affect your job. It sometimes may be more difficult to gain employment, though, and it is important that you know what you can do to ensure your misdemeanor does not keep you from finding work.

Employers are usually allowed to ask you about your criminal record. According to U.S. News, someone cannot use your criminal record as a reason to hire someone else. Additionally, people typically need you to sign a form authorizing the company to perform a background check. This provides an opportunity for you to speak to the hiring manager about your misdemeanor. You should typically explain how you have changed since being convicted. It is usually best if you mention a misdemeanor before a company runs a background check.

A lump sum spousal support payment may be in your best interest

Going through divorce can be difficult both emotionally and financially. However, the financial aspect of divorce can be especially tough for the spouse who earned less during the marriage, as transitioning to independent financial living can be intimidating and challenging depending on your circumstances.

Fortunately, you may be entitled to receive alimony, or spousal support, in this situation. Although receiving monthly spousal support payments is common in Wisconsin, this is not the only way you can receive alimony. You may instead agree to receive a lump sum alimony payment.

What should you know about legal guardianship?

Most Wisconsin residents become legally responsible for themselves once they hit the age of 18. Some, however, are unable to do so for one reason or another. If you are looking into potential guardianship over a loved one, Mayer Law Office, LLC, is here to guide you through the process.

You may want to obtain legal guardianship over someone who is older than 18 for many different reasons. Chief among them include having a loved one who is incapacitated due to age, an accident, or illness. If they suffer from a long term disability that makes it difficult for them to take care of themselves or make their own decisions, that may also be a good reason to consider becoming their guardian.

What property rights do unmarried couples have?

Wisconsin couples who have not gotten married yet may have some complex issues ahead of them. Unlike married couples, lines are not as clear when it comes to things like alimony, property division, and other forms of spousal support for couples that were simply cohabitating.

FindLaw takes a look at the property rights for unmarried couples who were sharing a living environment. Generally speaking, they suggest that you and your partner write out a property agreement on your own. Ideally, this will be done as soon as new property is acquired. You don't want to be fighting about who gets what when you're in the heat of a possible break-up, as this could lead to unfair divisions and decisions made with an unclear mind.

Kids might not realize the severity of an allergy prank

It is not uncommon for children across the country to suffer from potentially life-threatening food allergies. Peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, gluten and honey are just a few of the many allergens that can cause such reactions as hives, breathing difficulties or anaphylactic shock. Also common in Wisconsin schools is bullying. Children may participate in pranks or other activities without meaning any real harm and without realizing that their actions could result in serious charges.

One recent incident illustrates this point. It was reported that three middle school girls planned to expose a classmate to pineapple, which the other girl had a serious allergy to. After one girl rubbed pineapple juice on her hand, she high-fived the girl with the allergy. The girl needed to be treated at the hospital and fortunately recovered. Unfortunately for her three classmates, the girls are facing criminal charges, including harassment, reckless endangering, aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy.

Is Wisconsin a no fault and community property state?

If you are a Wisconsin resident contemplating divorce, you probably are wondering if Wisconsin is a no fault divorce state. As FindLaw explains, the answer is yes. Per Section 767 of the Wisconsin Code, we are a no fault state, meaning that the only thing you need to state in your divorce petition is that your marriage has suffered an “irretrievable breakdown.”

An irretrievable breakdown means that you and your spouse are unable to get along with each other and will not be able to do so in the future. Neither of you needs to allege that the other spouse did anything wrong; i.e., that he or she was at fault for the breakdown. However, unless you and your spouse have been separated and living apart for the past 12 months, both of you must agree that the marriage has, in fact, reached the irretrievable breakdown point. If you do not agree, the court may insist that you both receive marriage counseling and refuse to hear your divorce case for 30-60 days while you do so.

Divorcing? Don't forget about your ex's Bitcoin

Divorce is one of the most emotionally turbulent periods in life. While high-running emotions are certainly understandable during a divorce, some people allow these feelings to overrun them. Having an angry, emotional ex can complicate proceedings, dragging everything out longer than might have otherwise been necessary.

This kind of behavior is especially common during asset division. In many ways, hiding assets is now easier than ever before. The rise in digital currency, online anonymity and other technical advances can make fairly dividing assets difficult.

Men can also be targets for domestic violence

Domestic violence topics usually bring up the picture of an abused woman and her children. Spousal abuse is never acceptable, whether you are a man or a woman. Unfortunately, many men are also victims of abuse, and they often lack the resources to help them out of an abusive situation. At the Mayer Law Office, LLC, we know it is vital for domestic violence victims in Wisconsin to be able to get help and safely escape a violent marriage, regardless of gender.

You might not think that domestic violence in men is very common. However, according to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, male victims may be more common than you would expect. The following statistics about male victims of spousal abuse have been reported:

  • More than one in four men in the United States will be physically assaulted or stalked by a partner during their lifetime.
  • About 4 percent of men have been physically injured by a spouse or partner.
  • Almost half of men have been abused psychologically by their partners.

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