Divorce

  1. Failure to File a Financial Disclosure Statement in Wisconsin

    You are involved in a divorce and your spouse has decided to go at it alone without a lawyer. While they have a right to do that, they also at the same time, must comply with the laws and procedures under the family code, chapter 767 of the Wisconsin Statutes. One of those requirements, is…

  2. Selling off property in the middle of a divorce

    Someone asked me the other day if you need money, can you start selling off property in the middle of the divorce? The answer is generally no, as there is a statutory prohibition for doing so, once the divorce is filed. There are some exceptions and I will cover those as well. WI STAT. 767.117…

  3. Why Living With Someone In The Middle Of The Divorce Is Dangerous

    I am many times asked, “is it o.k. if I move in with my new boyfriend/girlfriend, while the divorce is pending?” The answer depends on whether you have children or not, and if there are no minor children, that you aren’t making a request on spousal support (maintenance), as it may affect both. Let’s deal…

  4. Can I Have the Guardian ad Litem Removed From the Case?

    You are involved in a bitter custody battle as part of your divorce case. You are advocating for primary placement of the children with your spouse to have visitation rights; your spouse is advocating that there should be an equal placement arrangement. You went to mediation and it was a shouting match between you and…

  5. Can My Lawyer Drop My Case If I Don’t Pay?

    A frequently asked question, and an all to frequent occurrence, is a client who is in the middle of a divorce, and has stopped paying attorney’s fees. There are usually two reasons why a client stops payment to the attorney; 1. They simply don’t have the money and can’t afford to pay or 2. They…

  6. Can You Buy A House In The Middle Of A Divorce?

    Is there a prohibition on buying a house before the divorce is completed? We know there is a statutory prohibition on selling, disposing, or giving away any marital property in the middle of the divorce without the consent of the other party or by further order of the court, absent it being done in the…

  7. Dating Before a Divorce is Final in Wisconsin

    Know Your Rights & The Risks The end of your marriage is finally in sight and you and your spouse have been separated for what seems like forever. Is it safe to start dating again while your divorce is pending? What happens when you start dating before your divorce is finalized? Read on, to find…

  8. Divorce Maintenance (Alimony) in Wisconsin—Waiving vs Holding Open

    When is it Right to Waive Maintenance? Short answer: Essentially it depends on your length of marriage, age, health, income disparity and the ability to support yourself long-term. At the very end of every divorce case (see all steps in the divorce process), there comes the time, typically during the negotiation of the final settlement…

  9. What Are My Rights When It Comes To Cohabitating?

    When a couple live together without the benefit of being married, in a cohabitation, non-marital relationship, they are not afforded the protection of the family code, under Chapter 767 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Wisconsin does not recognize common law marriages. This means that you cannot receive spousal support, and there is no presumptive 50/50 property…

  10. Statute of Limitations on Divorce Judgments?

    Very few people realize that there is a statute of limitations in Wisconsin for enforcing a judgment. While applicable in civil judgments, it is also also applicable in family law cases. If you have any issues with your divorce case that either need modification or enforcement, if you fail to act by filing a motion…

  11. How do you effect a reconciliation in the middle of a divorce?

    While I don’t see a lot of people who are desirous of reconciling during the divorce process, it can happen, and ironically, has happened with some clients of mine over the last several weeks; that is what has triggered this to be the topic of my weekly blog. There are essentially two ways of dealing…