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Waukesha debt division lawyersEven when a divorce is necessary, it is still difficult. Both parties are generally invested in protecting their interests and are likely to be entrenched in their positions.

Although divorce is framed as a fight to retain property and assets, sometimes it is about the things you do not want to keep. A prime example is your soon-to-be ex-spouse’s debt. The thought of being responsible for their poor financial decision making is frustrating and infuriating.

In Wisconsin, the Marital Property Act delegates responsibility for debt incurred by either spouse during marriage. Under the Act, all debt occurred during the marriage is considered jointly shared. The reasoning here is that the debt, even if financed by just one of the spouse’s, is for the benefit of the marriage. For example, if the husband buys a house during the marriage, the wife could still be liable post-divorce, even if only the husband’s name is on the title and mortgage.

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Waukesha divorce lawyersThe lives of married people are often totally intertwined, which is part of what makes divorce so difficult. How do you determine who is entitled to what? The challenge is especially acute in the financial realm. After all, it is often the case that one spouse was mostly or entirely dependent on the income of the other.

In these situations, the dependent spouse will often be granted some form of compensation for his or her continued sustenance post-divorce. Generally, this compensation falls into one of two categories: property distribution or spousal maintenance.

Spousal maintenance or “alimony” is court ordered spousal support in the form of monthly payments made by the supporting spouse to the dependent spouse. Property refers to assets already in the couple’s possession, such as a house, stock dividends, etc.

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waukesha county defense lawyerBeing charged with a serious crime is terrifying. Your mind may be inundated with feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Your job, your quality of life, and your freedom are suddenly at stake.

The unknown is part of what makes an indictment so scary. What happens next? The criminal process is difficult to navigate; criminal law is vague and complicated.

Furthermore, not all charges are treated the same. The nature of the crime largely dictates what happens next.

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Wisconsin Attorney for OWI

An arrest for drunk or intoxicated driving can result in multiple consequences. If a person is convicted of operating while intoxicated (OWI), they may be required to pay fines, they may be sentenced to time in prison, and their driver’s license may be revoked. In some cases, a person may lose their driver’s license even if they are not convicted of OWI. Because most people need to be able to drive regularly, it is important for a person to understand their options for regaining their driving privileges, including whether they can receive an occupational driver’s license. For these types of licenses, a person will be required to use an ignition interlock device (IID), and these devices may also be required in other OWI cases. When using a vehicle with an IID, a person will be required to provide a breath sample before starting the vehicle and at regular intervals while driving.

IID Requirements in Wisconsin

For a first-time OWI offense, a person’s driver’s license may be revoked for six to nine months, and after their license is restored, they will only need to use an IID if a chemical test showed that they had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least .15 percent. An IID will also be required if a person is convicted of OWI for a second or subsequent time or if they refused to submit to chemical testing of their BAC. In most of these cases, the requirement to use an IID will last for one year.

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Wisconsin Traffic Offense AttorneyThere are many complications that can arise when separating a married couple’s finances, possessions, and other parts of their lives during the divorce process. However, these issues can become much more complex in a high asset divorce case due to the complex assets that a couple may own and the high values of these assets. As these couples determine how to handle the division of marital property, they will want to be aware of the factors that may affect their decisions and the steps they can take to protect their rights and interests.

Dividing Complex Assets

Couples with a high net worth may need to determine how to handle assets such as:

  • Bank accounts - A couple may have multiple accounts, including savings accounts in different states or countries, money market accounts or other types of investments, and checking accounts or lines of credit used to make regular payments. Depending on how a couple has handled financial issues, one spouse may not be fully aware of certain accounts. During the discovery process, all of a couple’s accounts and sources of funds may be disclosed or uncovered, and if necessary, a forensic accountant may be used to look for any accounts or other methods that a spouse may have used to hide assets.

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