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Divorce | Child Custody | Family Law

Divorce and Retirement Accounts

“If you're getting a divorce, you probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about how it will impact your retirement -- but it's a valid concern.”  The full article on the impact of divorce on retirement accounts and planning can be found here:  http://host.madison.com/business/investment/markets-and-stocks/can-divorce-destroy-your-retirement/article_b622eef2-edd6-58cb-90fa-5ea11c9e682d.html...

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Co-Parenting After Divorce

“Dad and I still sometimes disagree.  We’re different people. You know better than anyone, because you live with both of us.  Our styles are different. We like to do different things. We discipline you differently.  Dad interacts with Stephanie differently than I interact with Gabe. But we agree on the most important thing:  you. We agree to co-parent because it is what’s best for you.” For the full article, please click here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/do-you-love-your-kid-more-than-you-hate-your-ex_us_58fe01fde4b0f02c3870ec7f...

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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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Update on Supreme Court Military Pay Issue

“We often refer to the Supreme Court as a “hot bench”: Questions fly fast and furious from all the justices, often allowing the lawyers to get out only a few sentences (if that many) before fielding the next question. However, the bench that heard today’s oral argument in Howell v. Howell, a dispute over military retirement pay in a divorce, was more lukewarm than hot. Advocates for both sides had plenty of extended opportunities to speak – so much so that Adam Unikowsky, representing petitioner John Howell, only used a little more than half of his allotted 30 minutes during the...

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