Wisconsin Supreme Court Clarifies Standard on Grandparent Visitation Rights

“We conclude that Wis. Stat. § 767.43 (1) does not require a grandparent, greatgrandparent, or stepparent who files a motion for visitation rights … to prove that he or she ‘has maintained a relationship similar to a parent-child relationship with the child,’” wrote Justice David Prosser in the majority opinion of the court.” For the full article, please click here:  http://www.wisbar.org/NewsPublications/Pages/General-Article.aspx?ArticleID=24744

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Social Security Benefits Upon Divorce

“Your benefit as a divorced spouse is equal to one-half of your ex-spouse's full retirement amount (or disability benefit) if you start receiving benefits at your full retirement age. The benefits do not include any delayed retirement credits your ex-spouse may receive.”   A full summary can be found here: https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/divspouse.html

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“Deadbeat parents” would lose food stamp benefits under Wisconsin GOP bill

  “A Republican lawmaker proposing to take away food stamps from Wisconsin parents who miss child support payments said Tuesday it would strengthen families, while opponents say they haven’t seen the evidence.”  For the full article, please click here:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/11/deadbeat-parents-would-lose-food-stamp-benefits-under-wisconsin-gop-bill/100343902/

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Divorce and Credit Cards

“Credit card companies are not bound by divorce decrees, so they can pursue either spouse if credit card debt is not paid by the spouse who agreed to do so in a separation agreement.  The contractually bound spouse may fail to pay for many reasons, including bankruptcy. When such failure occurs, credit card companies may legally pursue the other spouse for the debt (plus interest and penalties).” The full article can be found here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/divorce-and-credit-card-debt_us_58e28f26e4b09deecf0e18bc

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