Family

Legal Separation or Divorce?

Legal Separation or Divorce?

A physical separation of spouses is not a “legal separation” regardless of how long it has been since the parties have lived together. A “legal separation” occurs through a court proceeding that is almost identical to a divorce proceeding. There are two main...

Joint Tenancy Outside of Marriage

Joint Tenancy Outside of Marriage

What happens when you make your significant other a joint tenant in your home and your relationship subsequently dissolves?

We have been receiving an increase in the number of calls from potential clients who tell us that they own a home as a joint tenant with their significant other and that the relationship is ending. They want to know how to go about removing their partner from the deed to their home.

Parental Liability for Unmarried Parents of a Young Driver

Parental Liability for Unmarried Parents of a Young Driver

In Wisconsin, all drivers under the age of 18 are required to have a sponsor before they can be issued a driving instruction permit or a driver’s license. When a sponsor (usually a parent) signs a minor’s driver license application, the sponsor accepts complete liability for any damages caused by the minor while driving. Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes, “any negligence or willful misconduct of a person under the age of 18 years when operating a motor vehicle upon the highways is imputed to the parents where both have custody and either parent signed as a sponsor, otherwise, it is imputed to the adult sponsor who signed the application for such person’s license.

Common Questions and Answers about the Divorce Process

Common Questions and Answers about the Divorce Process

Studies have shown that for many people, divorce ranks second only to a death of a loved one in terms of emotional turmoil, pain and stress. The sheer thought of going through a divorce may cause anxiety and fear. Multiple questions concerning how the process will impact your children, finances, future and you can become all-consuming. The first step in conquering fear of the unknown is to learn as much as possible about the process.

Protect Your Inheritance From A Possible Division in a Future Divorce

Protect Your Inheritance From A Possible Division in a Future Divorce

In general, Wisconsin law presumes that all property acquired by either spouse prior to or during a marriage is marital property. The law further presumes that the court should equally divide the marital property at the time of a divorce. However, the law also provides that any asset that either spouse receives as a gift from a third party, or as an inheritance, is excluded from the marital estate.

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