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The difference between legal discovery and cyberstalking

Social media has blurred the lines between what is public and what is private and changed the way that people gather evidence to use in a divorce proceeding. Nevertheless, there are laws that govern online behavior, and a person conducting legal discovery on a spouse's status through social media while going through a divorce in Wisconsin should take care that the behavior does not cross the line into cyberstalking. 

How do I file for divorce?

If you feel your marriage is over, then you should consider filing for a divorce in Wisconsin. Filing your petition requires working with the court. According to the State Bar of Wisconsin, the first move is to file a petition for divorce, which includes a summons that asks for a response to the petition. Your spouse has 20 days to respond to your petition, which outlines why you want a divorce and what you would like in regards to property, custody and other matters.

Restraining orders: where family law and criminal law intersect

Seeking a restraining order or protection order in Wisconsin can be a matter of criminal law, as the order protects you from criminal behavior such as battery, sexual assault, harassment or stalking. However, a restraining order can also be a matter of family law, as the person threatening you or your children may be a current or former spouse or significant other. At the Mayer Law Office, we recognize the unique legal position that restraining orders can occupy in family law cases. 

When businesses are split up along with a marriage

Sometimes Wisconsin couples go into business together. However, if the marriage should fall apart, in many instances the business partnership of the spouses goes with it. So what should you do if you and your spouse possess ownership in the same company? If you do not feel you and your spouse can run the business after the divorce, you should try to work out an amicable way to settle the fate of your business.

What is the difference between visitation and custody?

The difference between custody and visitation rights in Wisconsin is one of the most misunderstood topics in family law in the state. If you do not understand it right away, that is completely normal. However, if you were going through a divorce, this would be an important point on which to educate yourself.

What should I do if Child Protective Services knocks?

Almost nothing can be more insulting, embarrassing and infuriating than being accused of being an unfit parent. It can also be frightening for Wisconsin parents when CPS demands to inspect the home. If CPS knocks on your door, you might worry that your children could be taken away, regardless of how clean and well-maintained your home is. You might also wonder about your legal rights.

How can you prepare for the hurdles of gray divorce?

Just because you've been married for most of your adult life doesn't necessarily mean you want to stay in that marriage. In fact, divorce among older couples is actually growing in recent years. Mayer Law Office, LLC, is here to help you work your way through what has come to be known as gray divorce.

Can getting divorced during an adoption derail the process?

Wisconsin parents go into an adoption as a couple, but somewhere during the adoption process, you may come to the conclusion that things just aren't working out. If you decide to divorce during an adoption, how will that affect the adoption itself? Will the process be derailed?

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