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COVID-19 vaccines are becoming another battleground for divorced parents. Some protracted disagreements have required the appointment of a guardian ad litem to make a recommend for what serves the child’s best interest.

https://www.wsaw.com/2022/01/03/family-courts-navigate-covid-19-vaccine-disagreements/
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Because all of the Gates children are over 18, custody wasn’t part of the settlement. That just left the small matter of splitting up a ~$145 billion fortune

https://www.morningbrew.com/daily/stories/2021/12/22/biggest-split-bill-and-melinda-gates-s-divorce
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Unemployment has reached a record low in Wisconsin. If your ex has been given a reprieve from or reduction in child support payments based on their employment status, it may be time to revisit their circumstances and modify your child support order accordingly.

https://madison.com/wsj/business/wisconsin-unemployment-rate-ties-record-low-of-3/article_40bf9390-6a94-536d-b4c8-ad4366e41db2.html
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Your child support modifications may not generate headlines, but they are important to pursue if there has been a material change in circumstances or your custody arrangement has been altered.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1312716/bethenny-frankel-no-longer-has-to-pay-jason-hoppy-child-support…
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Are you spending the holidays without your children this year? Whether this is the first time or a predictable part of your co-parenting agreement, it can be rough. Here are some tips for surviving the holidays when you’re alone.

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https://www.fastcompany.com/90697128/6-ways-to-survive-the-holidays-when-youre-alone
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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 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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