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At Kowalski Family Law, we specialize in family matters. Our attorneys have the experience, judgment, and knowledge to guide you through difficult times. The legal system can be confusing and uncertain, so we take pride in our communication. We will:

  • Respond promptly to your questions and concerns.
  • Listen to understand your goals.
  • Clearly explain your options.
  • Develop a plan for your case.
  • Work hard to give you the best outcome.

We truly believe that you will not find better representation for your family.

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A termination of rights permanently ends all ties between a parent and child. Understandably, the standard for a termination of parental rights is very high. The most common reasons for a termination are neglect, abandonment, abuse, and “failure to assume parental responsibility.”

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https://wilawlibrary.gov/topics/familylaw/tpr.php
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This reminds us: while you may choose a more traditional name than “Ye”, officially changing your name is something you may wish to do after your divorce. Whether you choose to match your children’s surname, revert to your maiden surname, or choose a brand-new surname, the choice is yours.

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https://www.wpr.org/kanye-west-now-officially-ye-0
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Wisconsin is a community property state. What does that mean? All assets and debts acquired during the marriage are joint property to be divided equally in divorce.

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https://www.investopedia.com/splitting-property-after-a-common-law-marriage-5202062
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Wisconsin child support is established using a formula that accounts for each parent’s income and percentage of time s/he spends with the child.  However, if the court determines that employing the guideline child support is unfair to the child or either of the parents, the law allows the court to deviate from the guidelines. To do so, the court can consider several factors.  Three factors that are frequently invoked to justify a deviation from guideline child support are:

(a)
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Is child support automatically suspended if I lose my job and income? The answer is No. In Wisconsin, the child support will not be modified unless a party files a motion to modify it or two parties reach an agreement on changing the amount and request the court to make it an order to replace the old child support order.

Oftentimes, the judgment or the order governing child support would provide that the party who has child support obligation
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Two legislative committees in Madison heard a bill this week that would allow sexual assault survivors to obtain permanent restraining orders, preventing them from being re-traumatized by having to face their abusers.

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https://madison.com/ct/news/local/writers/jessie-opoien/wisconsin-bill-would-allow-sexual-assault-survivors-to-obtain-permanent-restraining-orders/article_8b0340bc-a715-5fa8-bb43-88dab3359f14.html
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A Wisconsin man recently found out the hard way that you cannot outrun your child support obligations. Matthew Finley, 39, was extradited from Appleton to Putnam County, Indiana, over a failure to pay more than $30,000 in back child support.

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https://www.bannergraphic.com/story/2876191.html
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A Wisconsin man recently found out the hard way that you cannot outrun your child support obligations. Matthew Finley, 39, was extradited from Appleton to Putnam County, Indiana, over a failure to pay more than $30,000 in back child support.

Source:

https://www.bannergraphic.com/story/2876191.html
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Wisconsin state statute 944.16 classifies adultery as a Class I felony.

However, this law is not typically utilized. It conflicts with other statements in Wisconsin law, such as the fact that Wisconsin is a no-fault divorce state. Wisconsin law additionally states, , “Although the state does not regulate the private sexual activity of consenting adults, the state does not condone or encourage any form of sexual conduct outside the institution of marriage.”

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On March 22, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court temporarily suspended in-person proceedings. Now, a year and a half later, it has become clear that Zoom proceedings are likely here to stay in at least some sort of capacity. When you are not actually in the courtroom itself, it can be easy to forget that all of the same formalities still apply. Here are a few tips for client’s regarding Zoom etiquette:

  • Practice, practice, practice! If you are unfamiliar with

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    A new statute has established that a paternity adjudication may not always be in the best interest of the child, even if genetic testing has already occurred. As noted in our January 2015 blog (found here: https://kwvfamilylaw.com/wisconsin-paternity-update/), Wis. Stat. §767.863(1m) provides, “In an action to establish the paternity of a child who was born to a woman while she was married, if a male other than the woman’s husband alleges that he, not the husband, is the child’s
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    In order to calculate the support obligation, the court must first determine a parent’s monthly income available for support. According to Administrative Rule DCF 150, the monthly income available for support is based on the parent’s gross monthly income, from all sources including:

  • wages, salaries, earnings, tips, interest, capital gains, commissions, and bonuses,
  • worker’s compensation or other personal injury awards intended to replace income,
  • unemployment insurance,
  • income continuation benefits and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) payments,
  • contributions to retirement

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