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Study examines child abuse, parental alienation claims

Wisconsin mothers who accuse their children's father of abuse and who are in turn accused by the father of parental alienation may lose custody of their children. In a study of 2,000 nationwide custody cases involving abuse and parental alienation conducted by a professor at George Washington University Law School, a mother's claim of child abuse was never substantiated if the father's parental alienation claim was. In cases involving sexual abuse, just one in 51 were substantiated if the father also claimed parental alienation.

Financial planning during a divorce

Spouses in Wisconsin who are ending a marriage should make a post-divorce budget. This can be particularly important for a partner who has not been very involved in the family finances. They should also think about how they will pay for the divorce and keep costs down.

Social media content can be damaging in divorce cases

Most Wisconsin residents have at least one active social media account and many have several. Online platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram allow people to stay in touch with friends, colleagues and family members, but they can also provide divorcing spouses with material that can be used in both property division negotiations and family court. Spouses who post disparaging comments about their soon-to-be ex husbands or wives should bear in mind that this information can sometimes be retrieved even if it was subsequently deleted.

Debt can cause stress in a marriage

Couples in Wisconsin and throughout the country who went into debt to pay for a wedding are more likely to get divorced. This is according to a survey from LendingTree that included 506 people between the ages of 18 and 53 who were married in the past two years. It found that 45% of married couples went into debt to pay for their wedding. Of those who took out loans to pay for wedding expenses, 47% thought about getting divorced because of financial issues.

Remarrying couples may wish to consider prenups

When people in Wisconsin decide to marry again after divorce, they may feel as if they have learned many lessons from their previous experiences. Indeed, 40% of all marriages involve partners who have been married at least once in the past. While these lessons may help people avoid mistakes that were problematic in prior relationships, it may be particularly important to keep close track of issues related to finances. For example, older couples may be concerned about the future of their retirement accounts. According to one study, over 66% of people aged 55 to 64 who were previously married have since remarried.

States vary widely in child support formulas

Single parents in Wisconsin may be surprised to learn that child support payments amounts vary significantly by state. According to one study conducted by Custody X Change, an app that helps divorced or separated parents deal with custody arrangements, child support formulas were found to produce widely different results from state to state. The researchers used the same information about family size, parental income and child age for each state and produced sample support amounts that ranged from $400 at the lowest to $1,187 at the highest.

Dealing with student loans in a divorce

Student loan debt is a major financial burden for many people in Wisconsin, especially as the cost of college attendance continues to rise. For many people, student loan debt may cause them to put off marriage, buying a home or having children. Others who are married with student loan debt may be concerned about how a divorce will affect their debt burden. The financial impact of divorce can be significant, as marital assets and liabilities are divided between the couple. The long-term effects of a divorce can linger even after the emotional issues have been settled.

USDA urges states to consider custody agreements for benefits

The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to help single parents in Wisconsin and other states get the assistance they need by encouraging states to use child support cooperation requirements as a helpful tool. The agency sent a memo to the director of each state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to require custodial and non-custodial parents applying for benefits to submit details from their child support agreements as part of the process.

Factors for child and spousal support calculations

Wisconsin residents who are required to pay alimony or child support should not try to manipulate their income to get their payments lowered. Courts generally look closely at all sources of compensation as well as lifestyle. However, the payor may want to take certain favorable measures. For example, if the person expects a large one-time bonus in the year ahead, it may be a good idea to complete the divorce beforehand.

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