October 19, 2016

How to Save Money When Filing for Bankruptcy and Divorce in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

Getting a divorce costs money; more if you and your spouse are having trouble reaching an agreement about division of property, child custody or other issues.

When your financial situation also dictates the need to file for bankruptcy at the same time as your divorce, the order in which you file for them can either wind up saving you money or costing you much more in the long run.

This article will explore potential costs you might face for your divorce and bankruptcy, and offer tips on how you might save money as you move toward a fresh start, both personally and financially.

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Bankruptcy Law, Family Law

December 30, 2015

A Quick Guide to Wisconsin’s Alimony Laws

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

In Wisconsin, alimony is officially referred to as spousal maintenance, but the concept is the same: payments made from one spouse to the other in order to lessen the financial hardship that can follow divorce.

 

Mutual agreement or court decision?

 

Many people assume alimony is always ordered by a court, however, this isn’t always the case. In Wisconsin, either spouse can request spousal maintenance no matter how or why the marriage came to an end.

 

Many separating couples end up agreeing that spousal maintenance is appropriate as well as the amount and length of the payments involved––all without the court ever getting involved. These agreements can be put into writing through a contract called a marital settlement agreement.

 

However, if a mutual agreement can’t be reached, it can be left to the court to decide if alimony should be awarded as well as how much and how long the payments will be required.

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Blog, Family Law

December 28, 2015

Using Alternative Dispute Resolution to Solve Family Conflict Around the Holidays

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

At The Fitzgerald Law Firm, we understand family conflicts can arise for any number of reasons around the holidays as well as the desire to resolve them together.

 

One especially challenging and heart-breaking time where family conflict can unfortunately arise, surrounds the addition of a new child to the family.

 

The heart of the matter

 

When relatives are meeting a new addition to the family over the holidays, it is all about the baby.

 

Families love children and babies. As relatives descend beyond the normal visiting routine, keep in mind they are likely just very anxious to share in all the excitement of your new child and start exploring their new roles in life as an aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc.

 

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Blog, Family Law

November 18, 2015

How to Initiate a Divorce in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

The decision to file for a divorce is rarely an easy one to make. Once you’ve decided to move forward, taking the first step can be a confusing ordeal. That’s why we’ve created a simple guide to help you initiate a divorce in Wisconsin.

 

1. Get the facts straight and surround yourself with those who want to help

 

The decision to get divorced should not be taken lightly. If you decide to move forward, be extremely cautious of what you say and to whom. This goes for online interactions such as posts and comments on Facebook too. In today’s highly connected world, it’s very easy for rumors to spread and unwanted information to pass inadvertently from person to person.

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Blog, Family Law

October 27, 2015

5 Divorce Apps to Make Your Life Easier During a Separation

written by admin


Divorce is stressful. Time commitments, paperwork, tension, expenses and lifestyle changes can make it an emotional and logistical nightmare. But just like virtually every other task we go through in life, there’s an app for that.

 

While mobile apps usually aren’t the first thing people think of to help them get through an intense legal process, there are a variety of apps designed to help do just that.

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Blog, Family Law

June 07, 2015

5 Advantages of Collaborative Divorce in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

Collaborative divorce is one of the newest methods of alternative dispute resolution, which has grown in popularity among couples over the past few years.

 

What makes it so popular?

 

In short, collaborative divorces are designed to avoid litigation and the aggressive confrontational tactics used in traditional divorces.

 

Rather than butt heads with your spouse and his or her attorney, causing even more stress and confrontation for everyone, collaborative divorce resolve conflicts through direct cooperation with the help of experienced Wisconsin divorce attorneys.

 

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Family Law

May 05, 2015

What Documents Will I Need for My Divorce in Wisconsin?

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

The paperwork necessary to file for divorce in Wisconsin can seem overwhelming. Divorces roll out in steps, however, and the paperwork necessary for each step is much more manageable than many people assume.

 

To help you make sure you have all the materials you need to start the process, we've put together this brief guide highlighting the key documents involved.

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Blog, Family Law

March 27, 2015

How to Get Your Ex to Pay Child Support in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

Under Wisconsin law, child support is ordinarily ordered to be paid until the child is:

 

1. legally emancipated (becomes self-supporting}

2. reaches the age of eighteen, or

3. graduates from high school

 

whichever occurs later, but in no event after the child reaches the age of nineteen if the child is pursuing an accredited course of instruction leading to the equivalent of a high school diploma.

 

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Blog, Family Law

February 27, 2015

4 Things to Bring to Divorce Mediation in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

Considering mediation to settle the disputes keeping your divorce from moving forward? It’s extremely important to spend as much time as is necessary to prepare for mediation to have the best chance of coming to a mutual agreement.

 

Specifically, gathering and organizing the documents you’ll need to present during the session and preparing yourself emotionally is key.

 

The success or failure of mediation often hinges in part on both parties’ degree of preparation. Good preparation establishes the best setting for mediation to take place and helps both parties reach amicable solutions to issues without ever having to step into a stressful courtroom.

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Blog, Family Law

February 16, 2015

How Does Divorce Mediation Work in Wisconsin?

written by Lane Fitzgerald

Divorces that take place in the courtroom can be time consuming, expensive, emotionally draining and above all, unpredictable. Leaving the outcome of your separation up to a judge or jury can leave a lot at stake depending on your family’s specific situation. 

To avoid a potentially confrontational courtroom experience, many couples choose to use mediation to make the separation less stressful, expensive and adversarial than litigation.

Whether you’re pursuing a divorce or simply considering your options, let’s explore the ins and outs of divorce mediation in Wisconsin to give you a clearer way to determine if it’s the right option for you and your spouse.

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Family Law