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How will legal custody impact your parental involvement?

As a parent, you know there is nothing more important to you than protecting your children and preserving the relationship you have with them. Divorce means that everything will change, from where you will live to how much time you get with your kids. It is smart to protect your role as a parent by learning about types of custody and fighting for a fair and sustainable visitation and custody order. 

There are different types of custody, including physical custody and legal custody. These will affect everything from when you will be able to see your kids to how you can still have a say in what happens in their lives. Both types of custody will have a significant impact on your parental rights and how you and the other parent will raise your children post-divorce.

What are the different types of adoption?

Adopting a child is a beautiful way to either grow your family in Wisconsin or to strengthen the bonds within your own family. 

According to FindLaw, there are several methods through which prospective parents in the United States can adopt a child, although not all of them are available in Wisconsin. The different types of adoption available in this state fall into two broad categories: the adoption of family members and the adoption of a child previously unknown to you. 

How can my criminal record impact my ability to get a job?

Whether you have been arrested or convicted of a crime in the past can have a profound effect on your ability to secure employment in Wisconsin. While employers cannot discriminate due to criminal history, the law is pretty broad in what it does allow your employer to do if you have a criminal record.

According to the Department of Workforce Development, your employer needs to decide if your arrest or conviction is substantially related to the job for which you apply. This means that circumstances exist that are similar for both the conviction and the job. For example, if you were convicted of theft and the job involves handling money, they employer may deny you employment.

How do you terminate a domestic partnership in Wisconsin?

If you and your partner wish to terminate your union in Wisconsin, whether it be due to irreconcilable differences, marriage or any other reason, you need to do more than just walk away. Your partnership, like marriage, is a legally binding agreement that ties you and your partner together in much the same way that a marital contract would. Because of this, you need to terminate the union in a legal fashion.

Per Chapter 770, Domestic Partnership, of Wisconsin State Legislature, you can begin the process of terminating your domestic partnership by filing a notice of dissolution of your partnership with the clerk of the county in which you lived at the time of establishing your union. You must also pay a fee and ensure that one or both parties signed the notice. You must also have the notice notarized.

The rights of grandparents who provide kinship care

At Mayer Law Office LLC, we understand that custodial battles in Wisconsin can be difficult. Often times, the media focuses on custodial battles between separated or divorced parents. However, there are many grandparents also struggling to ensure their grandkids are able to live a happy, healthy and normal life under their care.

If you are a grandparent in this position, you have probably often wondered whether or not the law is on your side. While courts may often favor biological parents when it comes to custodial rights, grandparents are often awarded temporary and even permanent care of children. According to USA.gov, this is called kinship care.

The consequences of probation violation

If the judge in your criminal matter sentenced you to probation instead of jail time, you and your family were likely relieved. Incarceration can devastate your life and jeopardize your job, your finances and your relationships. Many also find spending time behind bars changes them for the worse and does not always provide them with opportunities they may need to improve their lives or get back on the right track.

Probation, on the other hand, is an alternative to jail. While you may not stay in jail, you will have certain restrictions and obligations. Failing to abide by the terms of your probation is a violation that can result in serious consequences.

What is due process?

As Americans, we have many rights that the government cannot take away from us. The government and its representatives, including law enforcement, must observe are basic rights as outlined by law. Specifically, the rights given to us in the U.S. Constitution are of the most highly regarded rights we have. If law enforcement places you under arrest in Wisconsin, they have to make sure to take your rights into consideration in everything they do.

According to USHistoy.org, the right to have the law applied fairly and equally to all people is of utmost importance when it comes to an arrest or criminal charge. This is the right to due process. You have probably heard of it before. People discuss it all the time. You will also find this right mentioned in the constitution in the 5th and 14th Amendments.

Factors that can impact child custody

Wisconsin parents going through the divorce process will likely have a lot of questions about how their behavior and history can impact their chances of gaining custody of their child. There are actually a lot of things that can and will be under scrutiny, and it's important to know what they are.

VeryWell Family takes a careful look at what can impact a person's chances of gaining primary custody of children during a custody dispute. Some of the things that are commonly thought of include:

  • Family history
  • Ties between the parent and children
  • The child's own opinion if they are old enough
  • A caretaker's ability to provide a stable home and care

The importance of establishing paternity

It can be challenging for a Wisconsin man who wishes to take an active role in his child’s life if he and the mother are no longer together. If you and your child’s mother were not married at the time of the birth, you must have paternity established before petitioning for joint custody or visitation rights.  At the Mayer Law Office, LLC, we often represent clients who wish to have parenting time with their child.

According to the state’s Department of Children and Families, paternity is the legal way of saying you are the child’s father. Establishing paternity allows you to have your name put on the birth record as a legal parent. In doing so, your son or daughter gains special rights:

  • Health insurance
  • Inheritance rights
  • Child Support
  • Social security benefits
  • Access to your health history if necessary

Is your spouse lying about their assets?

Divorcing Wisconsin couples like you and your spouse have to go through the process of dividing your assets. In many cases, joint assets are split equally and tempers can run hot. Your spouse may also be asked to pay for alimony. However, in these cases, they may decide to hide assets instead. Mayer Law Office, LLC, is here to help if you think that may be the case for you.

People going through a divorce will primarily hide assets because they want to pay less, or give up less to their soon-to-be ex-partner. If they have fewer assets, they will have to give you less in the division. They may also be able to get their alimony payment lowered because it seems like they have less to give than they do.

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