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Wisconsin Divorce Blog: Divorce, Parenting, & Finances

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Below are the most recent blog posts from our team of trusted, experienced, and highly-rated attorneys.

July 27th, 2021

Divorce Finances

How do you finance a divorce? It depends on how civil things are. We all know that divorce is an expensive process. However, there often isn’t enough attention given to how divorce affects finances. The cost of divorce will depend on a variety of factors: Namely, if mediation is needed, if the divorce is contested,…
May 18th, 2021

Vaccination Disputes in Child Custody Matters

When Parents Disagree on the COVID-19 Vaccination The Food and Drug Administration just announced that children 12 to 15 years old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer Covid vaccine. Children as young as 6 months old may soon be able to receive the vaccine after ongoing clinical trials are complete. But what happens when…
March 30th, 2021

When can we legally sell or refinance the house in a divorce?

The Answer Depends on Your Goals (and Your Relationship with your Spouse). Whether or not you sell or refinance your house will depend on several considerations: Does one of you want to keep living in the house? Can that person afford the house on his or her own? How good is your credit? Can you…
March 30th, 2021

Is it illegal to change locks during a divorce?

No. It is not illegal to change the locks . . . however, it can get complicated. Changing Locks During Separation or Divorce Legal Separation and Divorce are virtually the same in Wisconsin. They both legally end a marriage and the legal process is nearly identical for both. Therefore, this article applies equally to legal…
March 26th, 2021

Emancipation in Wisconsin

What does an emancipation of a child mean? “Emancipation” refers to a child becoming a legal adult. How to Get Emancipated In Wisconsin there is no legal process for emancipation. Children cannot “divorce” their parents and declare themselves independent via a court process. At what legal age can a child emancipate themselves from their household?…
March 22nd, 2021

What Happens With Stimulus Payments in a Divorce?

Are you and your spouse living apart? Are you wondering where your stimulus check will land? What happens if your spouse takes your check? And do parents have to share stimulus money received for the children? Why did we each get stimulus checks for the same child? Learn the answers to these questions and more!…
February 22nd, 2021

What Happens to an Adopted Child During (and After) a Divorce?

The Same Thing as a Biological Child. Did you and your spouse adopt a child? Did you adopt your stepchild and make him your own? Are you worried that adopted children may be treated differently in a divorce? Parents of adopted children need not fear! Read on for reassurance about how your relationship with an…
February 15th, 2021

Who Gets the Dog in a Divorce?

You’ve heard of unhappy couples “staying together for the children,” but what if those “children” are fur babies? Some pet parents care as much for their animals as other parents do for their human children. But is there such a thing as “pet custody?” Who gets the dog in a divorce? Read on to find…
January 25th, 2021

Child Custody vs. Child Placement: What is the Difference?

Custody and Placement are two family law concepts that are often confused or used interchangeably. However, they are very different and are, in some ways, not even related! In Wisconsin, child custody refers to the right of a parent to make major decisions for the child. Major decisions include such things as consent to marry,…
January 25th, 2021

How Does the Court Decide the Custody and Placement of Children?

Karp & Iancu S.C. explains the factors a court or Guardian ad Litem considers when determining placement and custody of a child and helps you understand which factors might be most important in your case. From the concept of joint decision-making to the goal of maximizing time with each parent, keep reading to learn how…
January 22nd, 2021

May a Woman Use Her Former Surname After Divorce?

Find out who is eligible for a name change upon divorce, how to change your name, and what your spouse can do to stop you. Also learn whether you can force your spouse to stop using your last name and what statute applies to name changes at the time of divorce. Yes. At the time…
January 22nd, 2021

Will My Kids Get to Choose Where They Live After a Divorce?

This is a very common question among divorcing parents and one of the main concerns parents have when they are going through the divorce process. The good news (or bad news, depending on your perspective), is that in Wisconsin children do not get to choose where they live. You may have heard rumors that children…
January 22nd, 2021

Why Should I Hire a Lawyer to Handle My Divorce?

. . . For all the same reasons you should hire a surgeon to perform your surgery. In some ways, hiring a lawyer versus representing yourself is like the difference between plastic surgery with a scalpel and plastic surgery with a chain saw. A skilled divorce lawyer can help divide your marital estate and time…
January 8th, 2021

How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce?

A Minimum of Four to Six months (or More). It takes a long time to get divorced in Wisconsin. In fact, it takes longer in Wisconsin than in almost any other state. This is because Wisconsin has a mandatory 120-day “cooling off” period between the time a divorce is filed and the time it can…
October 14th, 2020

Paying Maintenance Arrears in Wisconsin

You Probably Can't Avoid It. This article was originally written by attorney David Karp  and published on (link). When two people file for divorce, depending on differing levels of income, one spouse may be owed financial support from the other spouse with respect to child support, family support payments, or maintenance payments. Spousal maintenance…
August 3rd, 2020

Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

Before you and your fiancé say your “I do’s”, it may be in your best interests to consider signing a prenuptial agreement. While no one likes to think about the possibility of divorce, especially before you’ve even wed, the truth is that forever is a long time, and there is no guarantee or requirement that…
July 21st, 2020

Financial Disclosure Statements in an Uncontested Divorce

In an uncontested divorce, the parties agree to end the marriage without litigation. Sometimes, they may even have laid out what each spouse will walk away with from the marriage. So why does each spouse have to share financials with each other? Why You Need a Financial Disclosure Statement There are two reasons for this.…
July 21st, 2020

Nesting: An Alternative Placement Arrangement

When most think of divorced families with children, they think of the children being shuffled to and from one parent’s house to the other. But there is another option–nesting arrangements. A nesting arrangement is when the children stay in the familial home and the parents rotate in and out depending on their placement schedule. A…
July 6th, 2020

The Importance of a Financial Disclosure Statement

When going through a divorce or legal separation, one of the most important documents you will need to complete is a financial disclosure statement under oath. In Wisconsin, there is a strong emphases on the importance of this financial disclosure statement, which is to be completed by both parties on an annual basis. Financial Disclosure…
June 16th, 2020

Are Guardian Ad Litems Neutral?

The other day on one of the "ask lawyer" web sites, someone posted a note asking if court appointed guardian ad litems are neutral and unbiased? They felt the guardian ad litem was against them and were advocating their removal from the case. Most of the responses provided by other lawyers to the inquiry was…
June 16th, 2020

Annual Exchange of Financial Information in Wisconsin

Over the last few days, I have fielded a number of questions dealing with the law in Wisconsin that requires an annual exchange of financial information when divorced with children. Many don't even know the law exists, or there is a such a requirement. Others ask me, what is the due date for the exchange?…
June 16th, 2020

What Is A Contested Divorce?

Contested Divorce: When Couples Can't Agree Couples often get divorced when they can agree only one on thing: that they don’t want to be married anymore. However, there are many decisions that go into the dissolution of a marriage. A contested divorce is a divorce in which the court makes these difficult decisions for you…
June 15th, 2020

What’s My Case Worth?

Many times clients ask at the early stage of their accident case, what is the value of their injury case? Same for individuals representing themselves and posting questions in some of the web law sites such as AVVO and, among others. Factors Involved in Determining the Value of a Case The truth is that…
March 18th, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic & Divorce: What You Need To Know

We've Temporarily Taken Our Practice Digital Thanks to technology, our attorneys can still offer the same award-winning service to their Milwaukee-area clients despite the current pandemic. Fill out the form below to set up a free no-pressure online divorce consultation. Prefer to call? (414) 453-0800 During this time, our staff and attorneys continue to operate…
October 31st, 2019

Child Support: How Do You Calculate Income?

[caption id="attachment_7172" align="alignnone" width="300"] David B. Karp[/caption] I was asked the other day when computing child support, what should you be looking at?  Should you be looking at current income, last year's income, year to date income, or some combination of all the above? What is the most accurate portrayal of a person's income for…
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