If you are contemplating a divorce, it is vital that you understand the procedures involved, as divorces are not as simple as they may seem. Once the court approves an agreement, modifications become very difficult and expensive. That’s why it is is important, even if you and your spouse are in agreement, to hire an attorney to review your agreement. Without such counsel, mistakes can be made that will impact you and your children for years to come.
From the moment that a divorce is filed, there are several issues that need to be resolved. These issues include child custody and placement, visitation, child support, spousal support (formerly known as “alimony”), the division of assets and debts, possibly domestic violence issues, and many others. When the parties agree on all issues, they may submit divorce papers, in the form of a stipulation (known as a Marital Settlement Agreement) for the court to review. If the court finds that the stipulation is fair and just for all parties concerned, the court will sign the stipulation, and it becomes a part of the Divorce Decree or Resolution.
If the parties are unable to resolve all of the issues, the court will resolve all of the contested issues between the parties. Involving the court to determine a settlement is called litigation. Generally, through litigation, the parties of the divorce are required to testify in court about the contested issues. After hearing the testimony and arguments from the parties or their attorneys, the Judge presiding over the matter will make a ruling on each of the issues. Litigated matters are rarely simple, so the assistance of a skilled Wisconsin divorce attorney is essential to making sure your rights are protected.
The divorce attorneys of Tlusty & Kennedy, S.C. are highly experienced, skilled, and knowledgeable in family law issues, and will provide you with individualized attention your legal matters require. Attorneys Jerome Tlusty, Bradley Kennedy, Jessica Tlusty, and Michael Dirks will work toward a resolution of the issues according to your objectives, while making sure you understand the procedures and options involved.
For more information on divorces, please visit our FAQ page or contact us at 715-359-3188 or 800-662-5432. You don’t have to face the trauma of divorce alone – we’re here to help.