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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.

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.

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.

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.

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