Wisconsin High-Asset Divorce And Family Law Attorney
When people get married, they probably never think about the relationship ending. Time has a way of changing things, however, and many people find themselves facing a tough divorce, especially when a complex arrangement of assets and property is involved.
If you are considering filing for divorce or getting a legal separation, it is important that you contact an experienced divorce lawyer who will be able to explain your legal rights and how to protect them. Froelich Law Offices has 25 years of experience providing family law representation to people in the Green Bay, Wisconsin, area. We can guide you through these difficult times and help you move forward with your life.
Contact our office by phone at 920-430-9640 to arrange your initial consultation. We help people with all of their divorce-related legal problems, including:
- Division of property
- Spousal support/spousal maintenance (alimony)
- Child custody and child support
- Post-judgment custody disputes (visitation)
- Domestic violence
- Wisconsin divorce procedure
In Wisconsin, there is a 120-day waiting period before the parties can be divorced. Most divorce cases will take longer than the waiting period because of the complexity of the issues. Grounds for divorce in Wisconsin rests on the question: Has an irretrievable breakdown in the marriage occurred? The answer must be testified to by at least one of the parties. A divorce action is typically commenced by the filing of the following documents:
- A summons
- A petition for divorce
- An affidavit in support of order to show cause
- An order to show cause signed by the court commissioner
The first hearing that is scheduled is called a Temporary Order hearing which will typically take place before a family court commissioner. At the Temporary Order hearing, both parties will provide financial disclosure statements and information to the court on many issues, including child custody and placement, child support, maintenance, debt and property division. These issues will be decided on a temporary basis only to designate who, in the interim, will pay bills and take care of additional issues that may be raised.
The court will also order the parties to attend mediation in the event a dispute arises regarding legal custody or placement of the children. Mediation is a process in which the parents attend mediation sessions without lawyers and attempt to reach a fair resolution of their dispute with a trained mediator. In the event that mediation fails or reaches an impasse, then the court will appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) to represent the “best interests of the minor child.” The GAL will interview parents and others who are familiar with the family, investigate issues such as school performance and conduct psychological assessments. The GAL will draft a recommendation to the court regarding what they believe to be in the best interest of the child. This recommendation is frequently very influential on the court’s decision and may set the stage for negotiated settlements.
Wisconsin Property And Asset Division Lawyer
Wisconsin is a no-fault divorce state. The marital property law requires that assets acquired or debts incurred during the marriage are to be divided equally. Froelich Law Offices will assist you with determining the current value of your real or personal property through formal appraisals or a comparative market analysis. We will help make sure that you receive a fair value for your marital assets.