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Milwaukee WI parent child relocation attorneyIf you are a divorced parent, moving will likely be more complicated than finding a new home and packing up a moving van. That is because there are certain laws that apply when a divorced parent wants to move with their children to a new location.

In Wisconsin, the parental relocation laws were updated in April 2018. The new law provides that if both parents are granted any period of physical placement with a child, and one parent seeks to move with the child at least 100 miles away from the other parent, then the relocating parent must request permission for the move with the court.

The request to the court must include the following information: 

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Milwaukee, WI divorce decree modification attorneyAs the saying goes, the only thing that is constant is change. While your initial divorce decree may have worked for you and your family at the time, these orders may need to be updated throughout the years, and it is important for divorced spouses to understand the processes that must be followed when making post-divorce modifications.

People may seek changes to child custody, child support, and spousal maintenance orders. Circumstances leading to a change in child custody orders include:

  • Parent relocation
  • A parent re-marrying and/or the addition of half-siblings or step-siblings
  • Changes in children’s schools
  • Changes in children’s extracurricular activities
  • The emergence of a child’s medical condition

Alimony and child support modifications may be granted if there has been a change in the payor’s income. Child support modifications may also be granted if the child requires more or less support or if changes to child custody arrangements have increased or decreased the amount of time a child spends with a parent. 

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DivorceWhat is the difference between a divorce and a legal separation?

In essence, a divorce is a legal end to a marriage contract, while a legal separation involves many of the same legal proceedings as divorce, however, the two parties involved are not divorced at the end of the proceedings and are prohibited to re-marry another person. In both actions the court will order the division of marital property, decide maintenance (alimony) issues and issues involving children such as custody, placement (visitation) and child support.

A legal separation is granted by the courts when the marital relationship is deemed broken. Many people choose legal separation because of personal or religious beliefs that do not allow divorce. In cases where one person is not in favor of the divorce, the court will determine whether a judgment of legal separation or a judgment of divorce is granted.

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property-divisionEight Things to Keep in Mind About Property Division

By: Steve Lant & Attorney Richard Reilly

The one common element among all actions for divorce is property division. While custody and placement can involve significant emotional issues, property division issues are all financial. This is not to say that dividing the "stuff" will not evoke some very emotional responses. "You will only get my great great grandfather's pocket watch by prying it from my cold dead hands" is not an uncommon sentiment when dividing up the household property.

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DivorceEight Tips to Consider if You are Facing a Divorce

By: Attorney Richard Reilly and Steve Lant, Paralegal

Going through a divorce can bring out overwhelming feelings of uncertainty and sadness. If this it is a first divorce, quite often it is the only experience the divorcee has had with the complexities of the legal system. Because divorce can involve very serious financial and emotional issues, it is important to be prepared and take it one step at a time.

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