Divorce Lawyers in Wauwatosa, WI

933 N. Mayfair Rd., Suite 300
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 721-9643
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With Karp & Iancu by your side, divorce doesn’t have to be devastating or complicated. What drives us is the fair, honest & compassionate representation our clients need during a divorce. The result is 10,000+ cases represented and a growing stack of awards.

No one knows Milwaukee County & Wisconsin divorce law better.

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Wauwatosa is a beautiful city that is perfect for families. Unfortunately, disputes still arise and sometimes, marriages end. Divorce is not only difficult for the two people going through it. It affects every member of the family and afterwards, no one’s life may look the same as it once did. If you are considering divorce, or have already started the process, you are likely experiencing many emotions. Our Wauwatosa divorce attorneys can help you make sense of the legalities of your case and help you obtain the fair settlement you deserve.

Grounds for Divorce in Wauwatosa

In Wauwatosa, as throughout the rest of Wisconsin, all divorces are filed on no-fault grounds. This means that neither party has to accuse their spouse of any wrongdoing that led to the breakdown of the marriage. The spouse that files for divorce must only state that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Proving an irreparable marital breakdown only requires one spouse to testify under oath that this is the case.

Does Infidelity Affect Divorce?

Wisconsin is one of many states that still technically views infidelity as a criminal offense. In fact, in America’s Dairyland, adultery is considered a Class I felony. Fortunately, law enforcement in Wauwatosa and throughout the rest of the state rarely enforces this law. Still, adultery can impact a divorce case. This is particularly true if the affair affected child care during the marriage, or the marital finances.

Child Custody in Wauwatosa

There are two types of child custody recognized in Wauwatosa. These are legal custody and physical placement. In most cases, the family courts in Wisconsin strive to divide both types of custody equally among both parents.

In extreme cases, this is not possible and so, a judge may award sole legal custody or physical placement. In these cases, one of the parents is typically deemed unfit. A parent is considered unfit when they have a history of abuse or neglect. Abuse and neglect can include many things such as a substance abuse problem, child abandonment, or a criminal history.

Legal custody refers to the ability to make decisions for the child. These may include when a child can obtain their driver’s license, or what school they will attend. Physical placement refers to where the child will spend their time, and which parent they will spend their time with.

Although the courts will try to award shared physical placement in most cases, the best interests of the child are always given priority. These factors must be analyzed when creating a parenting schedule. The court may also order the parents to attend mediation to resolve the issue. If mediation is unsuccessful, a guardian ad litem will be assigned by the courts. A guardian ad litem is a family attorney who will examine the best interests of the child and make their own recommendations to the court.

Calculating Child Support in Wauwatosa

The amount of time a child spends with each parent will determine which party pays child support post-divorce, as well as the amount. When parents share physical placement, a judge will consider the amount of overnight visits the child has with each parent. When one parent has sole physical placement, the formula used to determine the amount of child support is as follows:

  • 17 percent of gross income for one child
  • 25 percent of gross income for two children
  • 29 percent of gross income for three children
  • 31 percent of gross income for four children
  • 34 percent of gross income for five children

Calculating Alimony in Wauwatosa

The family courts will consider many factors when determining alimony. These include:

  • The education level of both parties
  • The earning capacity of each party
  • Contributions one party made to the education or career of the other

For example, if you stayed home to raise the children and maintain the household, and you supported your spouse as they furthered themselves in the workforce, you could be entitled to more alimony.

The Divorce Process in Wauwatosa

No two divorce cases are exactly alike and challenges that are not present in one case may need resolving in another. Generally speaking though, the majority of divorce cases in Wauwatosa follow the below steps:

  • Determine whether just one of you will file or if you will both jointly sign the divorce petition.
  • If you cannot reach an agreement with your spouse about certain issues, such as the use of the family residence or child custody, you may need to attend a temporary hearing.
  • File the petition for divorce and summons.
  • Serve copies of the petition, the summons, and the proposed parenting plan to your spouse.
  • Obtain a date for your hearing.
  • Complete the proposed marital settlement or the marriage settlement agreement necessary for the final hearing.
  • Attend your hearing.
  • Sign and file any remaining documents.

You are never required to work with a Wauwatosa divorce attorney when going through a divorce. You can go “Pro Se,” which means you can represent yourself. However, doing so comes with substantial risk. Divorce cases are usually too complicated for one person to handle themselves. The judge and others in the courtroom also cannot give you legal advice. They can only make decisions based on the facts and arguments you have presented.

Without legal knowledge, many people who represent themselves end up with an unfair settlement. Sometimes, they have to contact a lawyer anyway, and it ends up costing them more because critical errors must be fixed.

When you partner with a divorce attorney at Karp & Iancu, you get:

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Partnership

A strategic partner focused on results

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Communication

Fast, insightful & transparent communication

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Representation

Complete, fair & empathetic representation

Here’s What Past Clients Are Saying About Us

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Amber – in Wauwatosa

“I would highly recommend Attorney White and her team for your family law issues. Very pleased I selected this firm!”

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Julie – in Wauwatosa

“I would highly recommend attorney David Iancu, he was incredibly helpful during our mediated divorce. His insight, expertise and knowledge made a difficult situation go as smooth as possible. I was very impressed with how prompt he was when ever I had questions or concerns.”

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Alexandro – in Wauwatosa

“I’m so glad that I chose this firm for my divorce. Attorney Rinehart’s professionalism
attentiveness, and experience made me feel at ease and confident. I’m extremely satisfied with my overall experience both from a financial standpoint as well as for what they were able to accomplish for me. The reviews speak for themselves! Go with this firm because they will take care of you.”

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Cheski – in Wauwatosa

“As a community rabbi I am very familiar with the challenges and the stresses that a divorce will put on a family. There is no law firm that I would recommend more to help you navigate this difficult and often painful process. Karp and Iancu, SC will be there for you and your family every step of the way.”

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Chris – in Wauwatosa

“Maura B. Falk was extremely helpful helping me thru my case and making me feel comfortable leading up to it. She gathered all the facts and really new what she was doing. I am so happy she was there to help me get thru it.”

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Douglas – in Wauwatosa

“The representation by Karp & Iancu that I received was very helpful to guide me through the difficult passage from marriage to divorce.”

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Jennifer – in Wauwatosa

“When getting divorced, everyone around you has opinions and advice. Hiring Atty Dan Lambert was hands-down the best decision I made.”

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About Our Wauwatosa Law Firm

Karp & Iancu was founded in Wauwatosa over 30 years ago and has provided case-winning divorce attorneys that are local to the Wauwatosa community ever since.

Our firm’s guiding principle is to empathize with our clients while achieving their most desirable courtroom outcomes.

Rhonda Noordyk

It is hard to put into words the deep level of gratitude that I have for this firm. Not only are they great attorneys but they are also great human beings. I wholeheartedly trust them to help my clients. I would sum up my experience in a three words. Respectful. Reasonable. Relational.

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Wisconsin's family court system is complex and inefficient; that's why we've spent over 30 years developing ways to make it easier on you. Karp & Iancu's attorneys at our Wauwatosa office specialize in all facets of divorce and family law, including:

Family Law

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Divorce

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Military Divorce

We've been helping clients navigate the complex Wisconsin military divorce laws for decades.

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Legal Separation

An alternative to divorce that still allows you to define your rights to your children and finances while claiming your independence.

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Alimony & Maintenance

Marriage isn’t always equal—and neither is divorce. You may have made unequal caretaking or financial contributions to the family. We will help you fight to make sure those contributions are acknowledged and compensated.

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Property & Assets

When you’re facing a division of marital property, it can be tough to ensure you’ll get a fair share of the assets. We’ll work with you to determine what is and is not part of the marital estate and will help you claim what is rightfully yours.

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Child Custody & Visitation

Learn whether sole custody or joint custody is best for your children and find a visitation schedule that will work for your family.

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Child Support

When you’re a parent going through a divorce, your first concern is likely your children. Our lawyers are experts in guiding clients through the options available. We understand your top priority is making sure your children are taken care of.

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Paternity

Whether paternity is established by acknowledgement or only after genetic tests, we are here to help you through the process from start to finish.

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Contact Our Divorce Attorneys in Wauwatosa to Protect Your Future

Dealing with sensitive family disputes requires compassionate legal counsel. At Karp & Iancu, S.C., our Wauwatosa divorce attorneys have the necessary experience with all issues pertaining to family law. We will protect your rights throughout the divorce process and help you obtain the best possible outcome during child custody, alimony, and child support hearings. Contact us now at (414) 453-0800 or reach out to us online to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys and to obtain the legal advice you need.

FAQs About Our Wauwatosa Location

How do I get to Karp & Iancu's Wauwatosa Office?

You’ll find our Wauwatosa office on the west side of Mayfair Rd. between Watertown Plank Rd. and Wisconsin Ave.

From I-41, take Watertown Plank Rd. West, turn left onto N Mayfair Rd. Our office is located on the right side.

Karp & Iancu Wauwatosa can be easily accessed through public transportation using the bus stop located on the corner of Mayfair Rd & West Potter Rd.
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When I get there, where do I park?

Parking is free and easy. There is a large parking lot for the building that exists right off of Mayfair Rd.