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How Is a 401(k) Divided in Divorce?

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waukesha divorce lawyer Divorce is stressful. Even in the best of circumstances, the process is filled with tension and drama. Simply separating from a person that you shared a life with for years can be heart-wrenching, even if it is necessary. There are also practical components that are just as challenging. The lives of spouses are intertwined not only emotionally, but financially as well. The disentangling of financial interests is frequently a source of tension during separation, especially if a 401(k) plan is present.

Who retains the benefit of a 401(k) is a deeply personal issue; after all, it is often essential to both parties’ quality of life post-retirement.

Wisconsin Law establishes how retirement plans, such as pensions and 401(k)s, are divided by the court during divorce.

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How Are Pensions Divided in a Divorce?

Posted on in Family Law

shutterstock_264841286-min.jpg Divorce obviously has tremendous emotional, psychological, and familial ramifications, but it has significant financial consequences as well.

A frequent source of consternation is how to divide up the wealth accumulated by the couple during their years of marriage. The focus is not only currently held assets, but prospective income as well – especially pensions.

Pensions can be a challenging subject during divorce, as a person’s quality of life post-retirement hinges upon them. Many people are hesitant to share a portion of their retirement assets with their spouse. However, before you panic, it is not a foregone conclusion that your ex-spouse will take the lion's share of your monthly benefit payment. Here is how Wisconsin courts divide pensions during divorce:

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Establishing Paternity in Wisconsin

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wisconsin paternity lawyerThe State of Wisconsin grants fathers certain rights regarding their children. However, a father must establish his legal relationship to the child before he gains many of these rights. Establishing paternity allows a father to ask the court for custody and visitation, and add his child to his health insurance. Children also gain inheritance rights and access to the father’s social security benefits.

However, accessing any of these rights is difficult if the father cannot establish paternity or, in other words, prove they are the child’s biological father.

Paternity is also relevant to children and mothers. The court cannot issue a child support order unless the paternity of the father is established.

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waukesha county criminal defense lawyerSeeing police lights in your rear-view window is a cause of apprehension. A reel of questions might run through your head, “Why am I being stopped?” “What questions will they ask me?” “Am I in trouble?” Simply being pulled over is enough to make your heart flutter, but your heart rate may elevate dramatically if the officer asks to search your car. At this point, the officer probably suspects serious wrongdoing, and the chance of arrest may have increased.

However, the officer cannot search your vehicle without a valid reason. Due to the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, police officers can only search a car if there is a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. 

When Can Police Search a Vehicle? 

The Constitution protects us from unjustified searches and seizures of personal property. However, the law applies differently to different types of property. Police usually need a search warrant before entering and searching someone's home. However, the expectation for privacy in a vehicle is lower than the expectation of privacy in a vehicle. Consequently, there are a greater number of reasons why police may conduct a warrantless search. 

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shutterstock_356898968.jpgIn the State of Wisconsin, a court may restrict a person’s freedom to go certain places or be near certain people. Such a restriction is imposed using a “restraining” or “protective order.”

A judge usually issues a protective order at the request of someone (“the petitioner”) who feels their personal safety is threatened by the person subject to the order (“the respondent”).

They are most commonly used in cases of stalking, domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, and harassment.

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