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DIVORCE: SUMMONS AND PETITION – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW A divorce or legal separation proceeding is really a lawsuit between two people. You are petitioning for orders related to your right to see your children and to protect your assets and income. Because the stakes are so high, the two parties to the proceedings must be aware that there is a pending divorce or legal separation action. In addition, each party must have knowledge…
Criminal Procedure – Initial Appearance You received a misdemeanor citation summoning you to attend an initial appearance or have been charged with a felony and are in custody awaiting your initial appearance. Now what?   The initial appearance is the first hearing in a criminal proceeding regardless if you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony. Prior to or at the initial appearance you are provided with the criminal complaint, which is a charging document…
WHAT IS A JOINT PETITION FOR DIVORCE OR LEGAL SEPARATION And WHY you may want to consider it It may not apply to every situation, but a joint petition for divorce or legal separation is a good way to file if you and your spouse agree that the marriage is broken. In filing a joint petition it puts both spouses on an equal playing field. Each of you will know what the petition says and…
Estate Planning and Powers of Attorney The only guarantee in life is that nothing is guaranteed. That is why it is never too early to plan for your future and to account for any potential incapacity that may befall you. It may seem morbid to plan for your death or incapacity, but it is vital to have a plan in place for when it happens. Whether you are 18 years old or 80 years old,…
10 STEPS FOR GETTING A DIVORCE OR LEGAL SEPARATION 1. Decide on a joint petition or not. A joint petition for divorce means that you and your spouse will complete the Petition together. If you do not file the Petition jointly, then only one spouse completes the petition and files it. The advantage of a joint petition is that the filing fee is shared and each spouse knows what is happening. The disadvantage of one…
Here are 5 great reasons to hire a family law attorney to help you. Reason #1 – Divorce is serious business A divorce is effectively a lawsuit between you and your spouse for the right to see your children and the right to divide everything that you own. For most people, that is life. What else is more important than your children, and the right to possess your property and handle your finances? All too…
In family law actions involving children you will probably be required to complete and file a Financial Disclosure Statement. Very basically, a Financial Disclosure Statement is an accounting of all your income, assets, debts and expenses. It is designed to put the other party to the action and the Court on notice of your current financial status. Here is a link to the form so you can see what it looks like. https://www.wicourts.gov/forms1/circuit/ccform.jsp?FormName=&FormNumber=FA-4139V&beg_date=&end_date=&StatuteCite=&Category=&Language=&Format= I am…