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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.

8 behaviors that can turn a collaborative divorce contentious

Choosing the collaborative approach to your divorce can help you seek a faster, more cost-effective legal process to end your marriage. People also typically find that by collaborating on the various divorce-related matters, they can remain more amicable and avoid court.

That said, there are some mistakes people make during a collaborative divorce in Wisconsin. Such missteps can jeopardize these and other outcomes.

Can we parent peacefully after a difficult divorce?

The divorce process can be very difficult. However, it will end and when it does, you will be in a position to start a new chapter. If you hope to make this chapter more peaceful than the last, you should know that there are steps you can take to make this happen.

This is especially important if you are a parent who wants to peacefully raise your children with your ex. Below are some suggestions for how you can set the stage to parent peacefully after a difficult divorce.

3 basic elements of property division you should understand

If you are getting divorced, dividing your property can a daunting and contentious aspect of the process. This is especially true if parties have no understanding of property laws or have misconceptions about how the process works.  As such, it can be valuable to understand some basic information regarding how the process works in Wisconsin and what you can expect.

What are the benefits of a revocable trust?

Creating an estate plan can feel a little overwhelming. There are so many different documents, and it is hard to know which options are the right ones for you and your family. You probably have heard of a revocable trust, but you may be unclear on what exactly it does and whether it is the right choice for you. Below are five benefits of using a revocable trust.

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