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Wisconsin Family and Estate Planning Blog

What are the benefits of mediation in divorce?

When people think of divorce, they might picture harsh, emotional arguments with their soon-to-be-ex-spouse in the courtroom. Both film and television have portrayed some of the most contentious divorces that lead many people to only see divorce as a confrontational court battle.

There is no denying that divorce is both emotional and stressful. And it is very possible that spouses might disagree many times throughout the process of ending their marriage. However, this process does not have to involve the stress of formal court hearings.

Restraining orders can help stop domestic abuse

It takes a lot of strength and courage to reach out for help when living with someone who manipulates and abuses others. But there is a way to put an end to this abuse. Wisconsinites can obtain a domestic abuse restraining order to protect themselves, their family and their future.

The dog days of divorce: Who gets the family pet?

Anyone who owns a pet often thinks of them as members of the family. And thinking that way leads many to develop strong affections for their pets, whether they are dog people or cat people.

However, not many people consider what could happen to their furry companions in a divorce. And the answer is not as straightforward as one might think.

Post-divorce checklist: Review your estate plan and insurance

After a divorce, it can seem like everything in your life changes. You might have to adjust to being a single-parent and supporting yourself with just one income. And it can be a challenge to grow accustomed to these changes and this new normal of your post-divorce life.

However, there are a few other important changes that you should make after a divorce.

Relocating after divorce got easier, thanks to a new statute

It can take a while to grow accustomed to life after a divorce, especially when several court orders can impact various financial matters, time with one's children and even personal decisions.

One of the decisions that court orders can significantly impact is a parent's ability to move with their child. In today's world, Americans move an average of 11 times in their lifetime. This could be because of job opportunities or simply because they want a change of scenery. And both of those reasons are common after a divorce. 

Could a DIY will make the cut for you and your family?

Nowadays, we can ask Google for anything we need. It knows where the nearest gas station is and how to get there. The internet provides us with endless answers and resources.

Some of those resources include countless options of "do-it-yourself" wills available to Wisconsin families. These wills seem to be the perfect solution for many people. DIY wills give them the time to work on their will and save money.

Some of the strangest wills of the century

Many people disburse their funds to their children—or even their grandchildren—in their wills. They might also pass down family heirlooms or other artifacts that they loved in life. However, some wills include very uncommon issues, wishes and directions for their loved ones.

Here is a look at some of the most outlandish wills over the years.

What makes co-parenting work after a difficult divorce?

No parent wants to give up time with their child. That is why it is easy for custody negotiations to turn into bitter disputes. Regardless of how the dispute is resolved, most parents must still navigate co-parenting after a divorce.

Co-parenting can be difficult after a divorce, but here are some helpful tips for making it work.

Business Succession Planning Is An Important Part of Estate Planning

Business owners have countless obligations and responsibilities to which they must attend. Everything from hiring and firing to product development and marketing may go through an owner, not to mention the short- and long-term plans for the business.

Considering the massive role that a business owner plays in the day-to-day operations and future of a company, it can be devastating when he or she passes away. This is where a business succession plan would prove to be invaluable, as it would provide critical guidance and direction for what should happen to the business.

Can I disinherit someone peacefully?

Creating a will is intensely personal. You want it to reflect your values and wishes, and you likely want to protect those you love. However, there could be some very difficult decisions you must make to achieve these goals. For instance, what if you want to disinherit someone?

Disinheriting someone can present some challenges for the testator (the person creating a will), the disinherited party and others who may be affected by any challenges that arise because of this decision. As such, it can be wise to consider a few ways to minimize conflict stemming from disinheritance.

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