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Muskego OWI defense attorney

Since the 1980s, the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities in the United States has decreased dramatically, from approximately 21,000 deaths in 1982 to 10,500 deaths in 2018. Unfortunately, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), intoxicated driving still accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic deaths in 2018. Drunk driving laws all over the country have become more strict, with Wisconsin being no exception. In certain situations, Wisconsin requires those drivers who are charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on their vehicle. It is critical to understand what is involved with an IID if you are facing OWI charges.

What Is an IID?

An IID is a small, cell phone-sized device that is electronically wired into your vehicle’s ignition system. The device requires you to provide a breath sample before you are able to start your vehicle. A portion of the device functions like a breathalyzer and determines your blood alcohol content (BAC) from your breath sample. If your BAC is more than 0.02 percent, the device will not allow your vehicle to start. Each time you provide a breath sample, the results are stored in the device’s memory, which will eventually be reviewed by the authorities for compliance. Any attempts to remove, circumvent, or tamper with the device will immediately be reported to the sheriff’s office in your county.

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Pewaukee divorce attorney

As a parent, there are a lot of difficult conversations you must have with your children, such as the sex talk or informing children that a grandparent is terminally ill. However, one of the most difficult conversations you are likely to have with your kids will take place when you and your spouse decide to file for divorce. Children may react differently to the news of a divorce, depending on their age and developmental status. To help foster a positive reaction to the divorce, there are certain things you can do to make the news a little less jarring. Here are a few tips to follow when telling your children about your Wisconsin divorce:

  1. Tell all of your children at the same time. If you have multiple children, you and your spouse should try to tell all of them at once. Telling an older child first is unfair, because it puts the burden on him or her to either notify younger siblings or keep your secret. To avoid placing some children in a difficult position, it is better to break the news to everyone at the same time.
  2. Plan out what you will say. This is a conversation that you and your spouse should not have on the spur of the moment. You both should plan out the points you want to cover and the wording you want to use when you tell your kids that your marriage is over. Even if you are harboring anger or resentment, you should present a united front to your children. This will help show them that you and your spouse will still be there for them no matter what.
  3. Be supportive of their reactions. No two children are alike, and no two reactions will be alike. Children in different age groups may react differently to the news of the divorce. Younger children may not fully understand what is going on, and they may take the news into stride until they start experiencing changes to their lives. Older children may react more strongly, and they may act out in response to the divorce by rebelling and engaging in disobedient or harmful behaviors. In addition, they may take sides with one parent. To address concerns about negative behavior, you may want to consider having children see a therapist or family counselor who can help them work through the emotions they are feeling.
  4. Reassure your children that the divorce is not their fault. One common response in children whose parents get divorced is that many of them believe the divorce is their fault. Although this is a normal feeling for children whose parents are getting a divorce, you should be sure to set the record straight. Reassure your children that the divorce has nothing to do with them, and it is between you as a couple. In addition, continually remind them that you both still love them very much.

Contact a Waukesha County Divorce Attorney 

Divorce will likely be one of the most stressful and life-altering events that you and your children will go through in your lives. Although you cannot protect them from all of the disruption and pain the divorce may cause, you can help encourage a healthy reaction to the divorce. At Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP, we can take care of the legal details of the divorce so you can devote quality time to your family. To schedule a free consultation, call our knowledgeable New Berlin divorce lawyers today at 262-232-6699.

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Milwaukee assault and battery defense attorney

Being accused of any crime is a serious matter, but being accused of a violent offense often has much more significant consequences. Violent crimes tend to carry stiffer penalties than others. In most cases, these crimes carry the possibility of many different punishments, such as jail time, fines, probation, and a permanent criminal record. If you have been accused of committing assault and/or battery in Wisconsin, it can have a lasting impact on your personal and professional life. Therefore, it is crucial to speak to a criminal defense lawyer who can help build a strong defense on your behalf.

What Is Assault?

In a general sense, an assault occurs when an individual causes another person to reasonably fear bodily harm. Physical contact does not have to be made for assault charges to apply in Wisconsin. In most cases, however, the act also involves a battery offense, which is the charge that prosecutors typically focus on.

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Menomonee Falls asset division attorney

If you are getting a divorce, this may be one of the most stressful times in your life. The person who you were supposed to spend the rest of your life with is no longer in the picture, and your life is changing in nearly every aspect. It is not unreasonable to forget about the financial side of things while you are in the middle of the emotional roller coaster known as divorce. However, disregarding your finances beforehand can lead to significant problems after the divorce is complete. Proper financial preparation before and during your divorce is the best way to help ensure you will have a good financial standing after your divorce. Here are a few tips to help you prepare financially during your Wisconsin divorce:

  • Recognize your current role in your marital finances. In many marriages, one spouse is the person responsible for maintaining the couple’s finances. This can be convenient during the marriage, but it can be a real setback during a divorce, especially for the spouse who is not as in tune with the couple’s financial situation. You should begin to educate yourself about you and your spouse’s finances so you have a basic idea of where to begin during the property division process.

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New Berlin spousal maintenance attorney

In today’s modern American families, it may not just be the husband who is the breadwinner for the family. Now, it is not uncommon for both spouses to have a job that equally provides for their family. This is why it can be so difficult for some people after a divorce. Instead of living off of two incomes, it can be an adjustment to learn how to manage with just one income. In some cases, there may be a significant inequality in how much money each spouse makes and contributes to their family. In these kinds of situations, it is not uncommon for one spouse to petition for spousal maintenance in a Wisconsin divorce. 

Factors Used to Determine if Spousal Support Is Awarded

It is never guaranteed in any divorce case that there will be spousal maintenance involved. If a spouse files a petition for maintenance, then the court will conduct a hearing to determine whether maintenance should be awarded. The factors the court uses to determine this include:

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