December 29, 2012

Family Law: The General Topics of Family Law

written by Lane Fitzgerald

If you have children and are pursuing a divorce in the Beloit area, it’s important to hire a Beloit Family Law attorney fully competent in all topics of Family Law.

 

There are six general topics of Family Law:

 

  • Custody—the guardianship of the child or children.
  • Child Support—court ordered payments, typically made by the noncustodial parent, to support a minor child or children.
  • Placement (formerly Visitation)—court ordered schedule of the times when children are to be with each parent.
  • Maintenance (formerly Alimony or Spousal Support)—recurring payments meant to preserve the standard of living of a former spouse and children.
  • Property Division—division of marriage assets.
  • Paternity—legal acknowledgement of fatherhood between a man and child.

 

It should come as no surprise then that Family Law is an area of practice requiring a deep knowledge of the differences between each general topic, as each topic has its own unique rules the court must follow in order to issue its ruling on each matter.

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December 20, 2012

Bankruptcy Law: How Automatic Stay Can Protect Debtors

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

As Beloit bankruptcy lawyers, we regularly consult Beloit-area individuals who are either seriously considering bankruptcy, or who’ve already identified bankruptcy as their best course of action in combating their debt.

 

Regardless of whether a solid plan to file bankruptcy is in place, our clients understandably voice concerns about their financial safety at this early stage of the

bankruptcy process:

 

  • Am I in danger of having my property repossessed at any point while undergoing bankruptcy?
  • Am I in danger of foreclosure or other lawsuits?
  • Will I continue to receive letters, phone calls, and other collection attempts from creditors?

These are important questions to consider upon filing for bankruptcy—by now, you’ve probably endured more nagging collection phone calls than you can remember, and would prefer they stop altogether if only for your own sanity.

 

And they will, thanks to an injunction embodied in the Bankruptcy Code called “Automatic Stay 11 U.S.C. Section 362.”

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Bankruptcy Law

December 17, 2012

[Infographic] Divorce In Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

Following is an infographic that explains the current divorce rate in Wisconsin, along with several key points to remember about divorce.

 

 


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Family Law

December 13, 2012

What You Need To Know Before Initiating A Divorce In Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

According to a recent study of divorce in Wisconsin compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, there were a total of 16,635 divorces in Wisconsin in 2011. In the same year, the Wisconsin divorce rate was 2.9 percent—far lower than the 2010 national average.

 

I suppose that's something we can be proud of.

 

But if you're about to undergo this difficult and painful process, these numbers likely don’t provide you any comfort.

 

The reality is that divorce is a complicated and potentially messy thing, and will likely rank high among your life’s most trying experiences.

 

As an experienced Wisconsin family law firm, we meet many individuals, from all walks of life, who, for whatever reason, have chosen divorce.

 

But no matter who they are or what their reason may be for seeking a divorce, there are always several key points we stress to potential clients.

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Family Law

December 07, 2012

Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: What You Need To Know

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

Ah, to be young. This familiar refrain speaks to the mysticism associated with America’s youth. What freedom they have!

 

Freedom: yes. Financial security: no.

 

Today’s young adults have been deemed Generation Broke. They comprise a group of individuals stuck in a struggling economy and faced with a wealth of expenses at once.

 

Student loans, car payments, home purchases—the payments add up fast. It’s easy to get in over your head and wind up with a bundle of debt. The same is true of small businesses. In their youth, they too are faced with a lot of bills all at once and often sink into debt in order to remain afloat.

 

Though it may be tempting to put off dealing with your debt until, say, the economy turns around or your sales increase next season, it is essential to take action now. If not relieved, this debt can severely impact your future financial security. Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy will ensure it does not.

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Bankruptcy Law