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Waukesha County divorce attorney child support

Family law can be quite complicated, especially when you are facing a divorce and you have children. In fact, when dealing with a divorce in your family, one of the more consequential and important parts of the divorce process is the determination of child support. Based on the child’s custody type, either sole or shared, as well as a state-dictated percentage of one or both parents’ incomes, the calculation of child support can become rather challenging. Worse yet, if you do not entirely understand the process or you are not paying close enough attention, the calculation of child support in your case might be unfair and inequitable to both you and even your child. Here are some telltale signs that the child support payments might not be fair enough.

3 Signs Your Child Support Determination in Wisconsin Might Not Be Fair

If you have a feeling that something is not quite right about your child support agreement, follow that instinct. If any of them seem apparent to you, enlist the assistance of an experienced lawyer who can help you make the child support payments fairer for you and your child. Keep vigilant and watch out for these warning signs during the proceedings:

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Muskego divorce attorney spousal maintenance

In many marriages, it is not uncommon to have some degree of inequality when it comes to the education, career, or income between the spouses. In many households, one spouse is considered the “breadwinner” while the other spouse’s income is considered supplementary. When you get divorced, those two incomes are no longer combined and both spouses must live off their own incomes. However, this is not always fair to both spouses, which is where spousal support comes in. Spousal maintenance payments can be awarded to a spouse if the couple agrees upon an amount or if the judge deems maintenance to be necessary. However, the amount of maintenance that is originally ordered is not always the correct amount that is needed over time. In some cases, you may be able to ask for a modification to your spousal maintenance order.

Awarding Spousal Maintenance Payments

When a couple gets a divorce in Wisconsin, they have the option to agree on a spousal maintenance amount. Spousal maintenance is not a guarantee in any divorce, though the judge will examine a variety of factors when deciding if maintenance is necessary, including:

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Menomonee Falls criminal defense attorney drug possession

Since the 1970s, Americans have been attempting to fight what has been dubbed the infamous “War on Drugs” by the Nixon administration. To combat what was seen as the “greatest threat to American society,” many measures were taken in an effort to punish drug users, such as creating mandatory minimum sentencing laws for use and possession, among others. Nearly 50 years later, the country is just now starting to implement more programs and other initiatives aimed at actually rehabilitating drug users and offenders, rather than simply throwing them in jail. Not every state offers alternative sentencing programs, but thankfully the state of Wisconsin offers various diversion, deferred prosecution, and other alternative sentencing programs for those charged with and convicted of drug crimes.

What Is the Treatment Alternative and Diversion (TAD) Program?

In Wisconsin, the program that handles all criminal diversions when it comes to drug crimes is called the Treatment Alternative and Diversion (TAD) program. TAD funds these programs, which allow non-violent adult offenders whose substance abuse was a contributing factor to their criminal activity, to receive treatment for their drug problem in exchange for their criminal charges being lessened or dropped altogether, depending on the stage of the process they are in. The type of diversion program used, pre-trial versus post-conviction, depends on the type of deal that is worked out between the defense attorney and the state prosecutor. 

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Waukesha County divorce attorney asset division

For the most part, the divorce process itself is not difficult; if a couple has only been married for a couple of years, does not have children, and does not have many assets, the process could be completed in a matter of weeks. However, most divorcing couples have been married for at least a couple of years, meaning they are more likely to have gathered and intermingled more assets, which can make the divorce process longer and much more tedious. The more assets you and your spouse have to deal with, the more complex your divorce case will become. High asset divorces bring their own set of issues and difficulties to the process. Below are a few of the most common mistakes that couples make during a high asset divorce in Wisconsin. 

  1. Not Investigating for Possible Hidden Assets

One of the requirements at the beginning of the divorce process is that both you and your spouse fully disclose all of your financial assets. However, not everyone is truthful when it comes to disclosing their assets. It is illegal for your spouse to intentionally hide assets from you, as Wisconsin law states marital assets should be divided on a 50/50 basis.

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Oconomowoc criminal defense attorney

Each year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) collects statistical information about various types of crimes and publishes a summarizing report about crime in the United States. Violent crime in particular has decreased significantly across the United States as a whole over the past 20 years or so. However, violent crime still remains an issue across the country. According to the latest data available from the FBI, Wisconsin reported more than 17,000 occurrences of violent crime throughout the state in 2019. Wisconsin takes violent criminal offenses, such as murder, aggravated assault, sexual assault, and robbery, very seriously and convictions for any of those could result in severe sentences.

Violent Crime in Wisconsin

When the FBI collects crime data, they group the data into different categories with one of them being by offense type. In its yearly statistic report, the four crimes that are included under violent crimes are murder, aggravated assault, sexual assault, and robbery.

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