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About special needs trusts

Wisconsin residents who have a loved one with a disability may consider a special needs trust to assist with their financial needs. The trust can be used to enhance any government benefits that special needs individuals receive. When it is drafted properly, a special needs trust will not interfere with an individual's eligibility for government benefits.

Tips for preparing for a divorce

People in Wisconsin who are getting a divorce might want to make a list to help identify priorities. That list can be divided into needs, wants and things the person is willing to let go. An individual should also think about what might be on a similar list made by his or her spouse. This can help someone prepare for either divorce negotiations or litigation.

Child support numbers

Some political commentators allege that single parents in Wisconsin and the rest of the country are receiving excessive amounts of child support. However, according to the figures provided in the Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support report, this is not the case.

Establishing paternity with or without the parent's cooperation

There are a number of benefits to establishing paternity in Wisconsin. While the child benefits from the financial support the birth father provides, the father benefits from being able to have a legally-recognized relationship with the child. Paternity can be voluntarily or involuntarily established.

About joint legal custody

One of the issues Wisconsin parents have to address when they go their separate ways is the custody of their children. Joint legal custody is one of the options that may be available to them.

Retirement funds can be primary concern in divorce

Many couples in Wisconsin who decide to divorce have discovered that untangling their financial lives is even more complex than separating their personal and emotional ones. Retirement funds are often the largest asset that belongs to a couple's marital property, and the distribution of these funds during a divorce settlement can be difficult and challenging, especially when both parties are dependent on these accounts for their future financial stability.

Options for recovering past due child support payments

A noncustodial parent in Wisconsin or any other state may be required to pay child support. These payments are designed to meet the best interests of the child and support the notion that parenting is a shared responsibility. Although an individual may be ordered to pay child support, he or she may not always do so. Reasons for failing to make payments may range from a simple inability to pay to a belief that the amount is too high.

Identifying divorce risks in a relationship

People in Wisconsin might be more likely to get a divorce if they have developed certain behavioral patterns. John Gottman, an author, researcher and marriage counselor, has identified criticism, stonewalling, contempt and defensiveness as behaviors that couples must stop if they want to save their marriage.

Factors that may influence a divorce settlement

Ideally, a person will try to resolve a divorce in a timely manner. In some cases, this may mean Wisconsin residents opt to have their divorce settled with the help of a mediator. Regardless of how an individual chooses to go through this process, it is important to come to mediation or other negotiation sessions prepared. This means having a clear understanding of what that person needs out of a settlement.

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