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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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