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New Berlin divorce attorney parental alienation

Divorce is never easy for anyone, but for a child, coping with a divorce can be more difficult than it is for other members of the family. This is especially true for divorces that involve a lot of conflict or disagreements between the spouses. In high-conflict divorces, everyone feels the effects of the split, especially a child. In some cases, a parent may even use a son or daughter to his or her advantage during the divorce by pitting the child against their soon-to-be-ex spouse. Parental alienation is a serious issue present in some contentious divorces that can not only cause issues during the divorce process but can have lasting effects on the relationship between the child and his or her parents.

What Is Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation occurs when one parent uses various strategies and methods to isolate his or her child from the other parent and attempts to sabotage or harm the relationship between them. Most of the time, this type of behavior is intentional by the acting parent and is intended to “get back at” or hurt the other parent. While parental alienation is aimed at harming the other parent, the child becomes collateral damage and can suffer emotional and mental distress and other long-term effects.

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Waukesha, WI criminal defense attorney weapons charges

When our government was created, the Founding Fathers’ intention was to limit the amount of power that any one person or group of people could have, which is why there are certain things that the federal government does not regulate, such as licensing drivers or certain aspects of gun ownership. While there are federal gun laws that citizens of all states must abide by, each state is also responsible for creating and enforcing its own firearm regulations. The state of Wisconsin tends to be more of a firearm-friendly state and has somewhat less strict laws than other states. However, violating firearm possession laws can lead to serious consequences if you find yourself facing criminal charges.

Open Carry Laws and Limitations

All states are different when it comes to carrying firearms in public. Some states may require you to obtain a permit simply just to purchase and/or carry your firearm. Like other states, Wisconsin is an open carry state, meaning anyone who is over the age of 18 and is legally permitted to possess a firearm can carry one in public as long as it is not concealed. There are limitations to that rule, however. You are prohibited from openly carrying a firearm in the following places in Wisconsin:

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Oconomowoc divorce attorney child support

When you get divorced as a parent, there are many extra things that you have to deal with that a childless person getting a divorce does not. In addition to deciding what you are going to do with the marital home, how you will split up your retirement funds, and who gets to keep the family pet, you will also have to determine how parenting time will be split up, where the children will live, and who will pay child support. Typically, the noncustodial parent, or the parent with the least amount of parenting time, is the one who pays child support to the other parent. Child support exists until the child turns 18 or finishes high school, but the terms of the support are not technically set in stone. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to have your child support order modified in Wisconsin.

Reviewing a Child Support Order

The first step in having your child support order changed is having it reviewed by the court. When the court reviews a child support order, it is looking to see if the order follows the percentage of income guidelines, whether or not the order includes medical support, and whether or not there has been a significant change in circumstances since the last review or since the orders were established. The court does not hear all petitions for review, however.

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Oconomowoc criminal defense attorney OWI with a minor passenger

The state of Wisconsin is one of the few states that still treat the first-time charge for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) as a moving violation rather than a crime. However, circumstances significantly change if a person has a minor who is under the age of 16 in the vehicle at the time the OWI is committed. In the past couple of years, Wisconsin lawmakers have made changes to some of the state’s drunk driving laws, with updated penalties for minor passengers being one of them. In many cases, offenders could see their criminal penalties as much as double if they were driving under the influence with a minor in the vehicle.

First and Second OWI With No Prior Offense

For a typical first or second OWI charge with no prior OWI charges in the preceding 10 years, an offender typically would face up to a $300 fine, up to a nine-month license suspension, and no jail time. However, if a minor was in the vehicle when the offense was committed, he or she could face between $350 and $1,100 in fines, a 12-18-month license suspension, and up to six months in jail.

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Waukesha divorce lawyerHow do you know when it is time to end a marriage? There is no correct answer to that question because there is a different “right” answer for everyone. Many people report feeling distant or emotionally separated from their partners well before they divorced, but many also report that they knew it was time for a divorce when they could no longer trust their spouse. When you cannot trust your spouse during your marriage, you probably cannot trust him or her during your divorce either. How do you know if your spouse is being truthful about everything he or she owns or how much money you both have? If you think that your spouse might be hiding assets from you, taking action is essential. Here are a few things you can do to begin your hunt for hidden assets:

  1. Get copies of your tax returns. The first thing any divorce attorney is going to tell you to do is to get copies of tax returns from the last couple of years. You should have at least three years' worth of returns, but five years of tax returns are preferred. You are looking for inconsistencies between returns. Where has income been coming from? Are there other sources of income, such as interest, dividends, or capital gains, that you are unfamiliar with? Flag anything that you are unsure of and share it with your lawyer. 

  2. Carefully review your bank and credit card statements. Next, begin looking through your statements from your joint bank and credit card accounts. Unusual transfers or withdrawals should be flagged, as well as any recurring or scheduled transfers or withdrawals that may form a pattern. Have there been any odd payments made to family members or friends or deposits into a child’s custodial account? If so, your spouse may be attempting to funnel away marital funds under your nose.

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