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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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Milwaukee family law attorneys, child custody rights, non-parent custody, legal guardianship, parental responsibilitiesDecisions about the custody and placement of children are often a factor in divorce proceedings or in cases where parents are unmarried. However, there are also situations where someone other than a child’s parents are closely involved in raising children. Non-parents who wish to obtain child custody rights for children in their care should be sure to understand how Wisconsin law applies to their situation.

Child Custody for Non-Parents

When making decisions about child custody, Wisconsin courts will act in the best interests of the child. In some cases, custody may be awarded to a child’s relative if the court finds that “neither parent is able to care for the child adequately or that neither parent is fit and proper to have the care and custody of the child.” Eligible relatives may include grandparents, aunts, uncles, stepparents, cousins, or siblings.

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Milwaukee family law attorneys, divorce process, domestic violence,restraining orders, joint legal custodyDivorce is rarely an easy or simple process, but it can become much more complicated when domestic violence is a factor. In these cases, it is incredibly important for victims to receive the protection they need. In Wisconsin, domestic violence can affect the divorce process in the several ways.

Restraining Orders

A victim of domestic violence who plans to divorce his or her abuser may receive protection through a domestic abuse restraining order. Wisconsin law defines domestic abuse as the threat or infliction of harm or physical injury by one adult to another when the adults are members of the same household, are former spouses, or have a child together. Stalking and damaging personal property are also forms of domestic abuse.

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voluntarily unemployed, child support, Milwaukee family law attorneys, non-custodial parent, Wisconsin child support calculationsWhether married, unmarried, or divorced, parents are legally obligated to provide financial support for their children. Parents must ensure that their children have the resources needed on a day-to-day basis, including food, shelter, clothing, and other basic requirements.

Child support is based on the income that a parent earns, and it is typically paid by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent. When parents experience an increase or decrease in the amount of income they earn, they should be sure to understand how these changes will affect their child support obligations.

Wisconsin Child Support Calculations

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