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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How to successfully co-parent after a divorce

Whether a Wisconsin couple spent 20 years together or just one, going through a divorce can be difficult. A divorcing parent should take time to process their pain and talk with their children about their feelings regarding the situation. There are a few co-parenting strategies that can help exes navigate the new world of parenting after a divorce.

Splitting an IRA can be complicated

The divorce rate for individuals 50 and older has gone up in recent decades even as divorce rates overall have dropped. While any adult can have an IRA, older individuals in Wisconsin and throughout the country are more likely to have them. Therefore, it is important to understand that an IRA can be split in a divorce and that there is a process that needs to be followed to do so. That process may be more complicated if a person is taking 72(t) distributions.

Tracking a child's schedule and expenses using an old calendar

When parents in Wisconsin get a divorce, they need to come up with a good estimate of child-related expenses. This can be important in determining child support obligations. Unfortunately, people often forget about many of these expenses, particularly when trying to recollect their children's schedules and other information during the stress of a divorce.

Research identifies hidden benefits of no-fault divorce

Married people in Wisconsin may take advantage of no-fault divorce laws, which grant either spouse the ability to end a marriage. Although divorce typically represents a challenging time in people's lives, a data researcher at the U.S. Census Bureau has brought attention to a study that identified a link between access to divorce and positive societal benefits. In 2004, the country of Chile legalized divorce and created a chance for researchers to study the results of the law change.

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