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Why do you need a criminal defense strategy?

You knew you were in deep trouble when the police pulled up to your house. They'd tracked you down after an offense, and now you're being accused of charges that you feel are unfair and blown out of proportion.

It's very important for someone in your position to reach out for legal support so that you can build a defense and protect yourself. It's easy for charges to build up against someone after they're accused of a crime, and you want to make sure that you only face fair charges.

Stuck without a custody plan? Start asking questions

You love your children, and you want what's best for them following your divorce. You and your spouse have both been on the same page over most things, but when it comes to child custody, it's like you're at a standstill. Neither of you wants to split up your time with the kids, and yet you both want to do what's right.

In cases like yours, it's important for you both to sit down and think through this situation while in a calm state of mind. Custody arrangements can be hard to come up with, but if you look at the situation practically, you'll find somewhere to start.

Reasons for divorce may complicate settlement

When you first started having marital problems, you may have still been new to the marriage scene. Many Wisconsin spouses say they had their first fight on their honeymoon. Perhaps, during the first years or decade of your relationship, you tried to overlook each other's faults and rise above any obstacles that surfaced in your relationship.

There are certain issues, however, that often cause an irreparable rift between spouses. Such issues often lead to divorce. These issues can also cause complications in divorce proceedings, which is why it pays to think ahead and reach out for additional support as needed so you can achieve a settlement in as swift and amicable a fashion as possible.

Tips for making a divorce less difficult

Going through a divorce can be hard for people in Wisconsin, but there are several things that can make the process less difficult. For starters, people may want to consider hiring an attorney. Even if they do not intend to go to litigation, an attorney may be an advocate, communicating with the spouse as needed on the person's behalf and ensuring that the person understands their rights.

Communication and transparency are important. This means being open about finances as well as needs. People should also work toward finding common ground. A less contentious divorce will be less time-consuming, less stressful and less expensive than one in which there is a great deal of conflict. Minimizing conflict may be particularly important for parents, and they might be able to do so by focusing on the best interests of the child. Even if an issue such as an affair is the reason for the divorce, spouses should try to behave respectfully toward one another throughout the process.

Consider the following when deciding on a divorce trial

Wisconsin couples who are in the process of a divorce often have to make the decision to settle their case or take it all the way to a trial. While many people are dealing with emotions and do not want to back down, they must also be aware of the costs, both in terms of finances and stress, of proceeding all the way to a trial.

There are times when a trial is a necessity. One spouse may be taking unreasonable positions and refusing to compromise with the other in the slightest. In these occasions, the costs of a divorce trial are a necessity that must be borne. However, a trial will result in contention and bitterness that may last long after the trial is completed.

The pitfalls of being rude during a divorce

There are several reasons why an individual would want to be polite to his or her spouse during a divorce proceeding. For example, if a couple has children, they will need to work together to raise them. Staying calm and polite during mediation or other settlement talks may make it easier to do so. Those who want to have custody or visitation rights to their children may improve their chances of doing so by acting like an adult.

Individuals who are seeking alimony or child support payments will want to make sure that they are respectful to their former partner. This is because saying negative things about that person could ruin his or her reputation. Ultimately, it could be difficult for that individual to find or keep a job. Without the ability to earn a living, that person may not be able to pay child support regularly or make alimony payments.

Tips for reducing bias during a criminal trial

Having a conversation about race before, during and after a trial could help defendants in Wisconsin and throughout the country. There are many steps that attorneys may take to help jurors acknowledge their own biases and how they may influence how they evaluate a case. Attorneys are also encouraged to learn more about implicit bias and how it could influence their willingness to defend certain types of clients over others.

Before the trial starts, it may be possible to call to a judge's attention the role that race could have played in a case. For instance, the officer who took the defendant into custody may have a track record of treating minorities differently than white individuals. Expert witnesses may be used to further explain the idea that an officer may be predisposed to treating minorities differently during traffic stops or searches.

The rules for obtaining extra benefits in a divorce

It isn't uncommon for older Wisconsin residents to depend on Social Security benefits to cover most of their expenses in retirement. However, it is important to note that those benefit checks will only replace about 40% of the income that a person made during his or her working years. Those who have recently gotten divorced could be entitled to benefits based on a former spouse's work record.

This could be the case for those who were married to their former spouses for at least 10 years. Furthermore, the person who is asking for benefits cannot be married when doing so. It may also be necessary to wait until the former spouse starts to receive his or her benefits before any payments are made. An exception might be made in the event that an individual has been divorced for at least two years.

Signs that your spouse might be hiding assets in divorce

Divorce can become a high priority issue in your life unexpectedly or after months (perhaps, even years) of marital problems. Either way, when you make the decision to activate this type of life change through the Wisconsin family court system, it sparks a myriad of issues that you must resolve before you and your spouse go your separate ways. If your relationship with your soon-to-be ex is more contentious than amicable, you might have your work cut out to achieve a fair and agreeable settlement.

As a parent, child custody issues will no doubt be a central focus of your divorce proceedings. Ending your marriage in court, of course, does not end your parental responsibilities, especially those involving finances to provide for your children's needs. If you have reason to believe your spouse is trying to hide assets to walk away from settlement with more than what he or she is entitled to, you don't have to take it lying down. The court can intervene to put a stop to the scheme.

Parental alienation and its impact on child custody in Wisconsin

In the 1980s, one child psychologist's work asserted that mothers falsely claiming abuse in divorce court resulted in fathers being denied a relationship with the children. According to his theory, this was due to the mother's vengeance. While parental alienation syndrome is not supported by science, family courts often recognize it and use it to determine custody cases.

Recent research has found that mothers are more likely to lose custody of their children if they inform the court that the father was abusive and the father then claims parental alienation. The study funded by the Department of Justice found, based on data from 2005 to 2014, that in cases of abuse, mothers were twice as likely to lose custody of their children if the father claimed alienation.

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