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What is a stepparent adoption?

When you think of adoption, you may think of a family adopting a child that is not biologically related and whom they have had no previous relationship. However, this is not the only type of adoption in Wisconsin. Step parent adoption, as explained by the Department of Children and Families, is when a step parent adopts a step child. This is very common and happens all the time.

What should you know about property settlements?

As someone going through a divorce in Wisconsin, there are a lot of legal matters that you're likely to have questions about. Issues related to property can be particularly hard to handle. The Mayer Law Office, LLC, is here to help walk you through all aspects of your divorce, making it a little easier to manage.

Remarriages, gray divorces and finances

As divorce no longer carries with it the shameful stigma that it once had, most people in Wisconsin know someone who has been divorced. Similarly, most people know someone in a second or subsequent marriage. As more people have gotten divorced and then remarried, some of them have or may be getting divorced yet again.

Why should you establish paternity?

There are many valid reasons for you to want to establish paternity as a father living in Wisconsin. Fortunately, you still have time to do so, even if you're in the process of divorcing your partner. Mayer Law Office, LLC, will help you learn the necessary information to help you make well-informed decisions regarding paternity establishment.

Divorce and the family home

If you and your spouse have made the difficult decision to end your marriage, you will next find yourself needing to make a seemingly endless laundry list of decisions. If you own a home together, what to do with that home when you get a divorce will be one of those decisions. People often put a lot of their emotions and work into a home which makes it logical that they might want to try and keep the home after a divorce. However, the decision to do this should be made with extreme caution.

Grandparents' rights: protecting relationships with grandchildren

Due to the gradual shift in American households, more and more Wisconsin grandparents are finding themselves raising their children's children. While there are endless joys of having grandchildren, many grandparents express confusion over specific rights when it comes to child custody and visitation. Even in situations where grandparents are not the head of the household, it can be difficult to determine the fine print.

Important tasks after your divorce

If you are like most people who get divorced in Wisconsin, the experience is not something you would like to repeat or that you would wish on anyone else. However, if you are lucky you can use the experience to move forward and make your future a positive one. In looking at how you may best do this, there are some things you should make a plan to do as soon as possible after your divorce decree is finalized.

Caring for one's grandchildren

If you are like most people in Wisconsin, you assume that once you have raised your kids and it is your time to be a grandparent, you should be all set to enjoy the most fun elements of watching a child grow. Sadly, there are some situations in which your adult child is not able to fulfill their parenting duties and you may choose to step in on their behalf. This can happen if your child dies, for example. Other times a person might struggle with a mental health condition or an addiction that leaves them incapable of effectively raising their kids.

How income changes affect child support

Divorced parents in Wisconsin have a lot on their plate between sharing custody and trying to keep up a healthy relationship with a child they may not see that often. When the parent who is responsible for child support payments loses a job or takes a pay cut, this can result in high stress. While a support modification is possible, there are certain steps the parent needs to take in order to keep things legal. 

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