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Family Law Services in Williams Bay, IL

Divorce is a tough step to take and it can be even more difficult when a couple has children. The attorneys at Oleniczak Law LLC take on a number of family law cases in Williams Bay, WI, from divorce and child custody to adoption. We have represented our clients in these legal matters and they have received very favorable settlements. Over the years we have earned an outstanding reputation for our work and it sets us apart from the rest of the competition.

 

If you are seeking family law services in Williams Bay, WI, get legal counsel from our divorce and child custody lawyers today.

 

Divorce Law

 

How Annulment and Divorce Differ

 

In essence, an annulment is the act of legally dissolving a marriage and declaring that it’s null. Divorce is instead the dissolution of a legitimate marriage, making each spouse single again. Depending on the state, divorces can be complicated matters. This is especially true if child custody is an additional factor in the case.

 

Annulment is determined by evaluating whether any of the following were involved:

 

  • Physical or mental inadequacy
  • Bigamy
  • Marriage prohibited by law (i.e. incest)
  • Forced consent
  • Inefficiency to sexually ratify marriage
  • Underage marriage

The two types of divorce are called fault and no-fault divorce cases. When neither spouse is to blame for the divorce, then it is considered a no-fault divorce. On the other hand, it’s a fault divorce when one of the spouses can justify the reason for separation. This justification can be accomplished by asserting any of the following:

 

  • Physical or emotional malice
  • Adultery
  • Addiction (alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc.)
  • Abandonment

Prenuptial Agreements

 

Before entering into a marriage, a prenuptial agreement or “prenup” may have been signed. This legal document details how the parties will divide their assets; take on debt and even how they will share custody of their child. This contract designates financial responsibilities between the two spouses after a divorce or annulment. That way, it is clear how a joint business will be handled or how property will be assigned in the event of a death.

 

Alimony

 

As a way to prevent poverty after a divorce, a court may require that one of the spouses pay alimony to the other. This would typically happen if one of the spouses was unemployed or the difference in income would severely affect their finances because they earn less. The amount paid is arranged and determined by the court based on the spouse’s income and how long they have been married among other deciding factors.

 

Designating Assets and Liabilities

 

When a couple has acquired property over the course of a marriage, it needs to be divided equitably after a divorce. Property could mean anything from cash in money market accounts or physical belongings. In addition, any liabilities or debts owed between the two spouses needs to be split up. Marital properties and economic commitments include the following:

 

  • Vehicles
  • Airline miles
  • Timeshares
  • Bank accounts
  • Retirement accounts
  • Business interests
  • Physical property
  • Credit card debt

Child Custody

 

When deciding child custody, a court will weigh certain aspects more heavily than others. The most influential factor is what is in the best interest of the child. Because these circumstances can be subjective, it makes these situations difficult to decide. Child custody is determined by considering the following:

 

  • Environmental security
  • Age, gender, physical and mental health
  • Encouragement of the parent to maintain a good relationship between the child and the other parent
  • Health of parents
  • Child’s choice if they are over the age of 12
  • Lifestyle and social influences
  • Condition of schools
  • Emotional ties with the parent
  • Parent’s ability to provide for them

The Different Types of Custody Arrangement

 

Custody arrangements allow parties the right and responsibility of raising the child. Joint legal custody gives lets the parents share the following rights:

 

  • Bird’s nest custody: Parents take turns taking care of the child, but the child remains in one residence.
  • Physical custody: Although the time isn’t always split evenly, a parent has the right to have the child with them.
  • Joint custody: Both parents have the right to make decisions on behalf of the child and have parent time schedules.
  • Sole custody: One parent is restricted to visitation rights, while the other has total custody rights.

Child Support

 

Once the child’s legal and physical custody is decided; child support is the next step. The court calculates a monthly payment amount that one spouse needs to pay the other. A child support lawyer can help you receive the amount necessary to pay for your child’s expenses. This predetermined payment covers medical and educational costs.

 

Family Law Mediation

 

When it is difficult to find common ground in these delicate scenarios, it is a good idea to get family law mediation. A mediator is a third-party who is experienced in reaching amicable agreements. If you are able to settle disputes during mediation, you may save money by shortening the proceedings. A family law attorney can help you review agreements to ensure they are in your best interests.

 

Protective Orders

 

In some cases where there is fear of physical harm or verbal harassment, restraining orders can protect you and your children. It restricts the other party from getting near you and if the rules of the order are broken, law enforcement can get involved. Divorce and child custody lawyers in the Williams Bay area understand the local laws and how to keep you safe.

 

Adoption

 

Because of the multiple steps needed to complete an adoption, the process can be long and arduous. When you are ready to bring a new addition into your family, get assistance from an experienced adoption lawyer. We are well versed in Williams Bay adoption laws and will make the process smooth and easy for you.

 

Contact Us

 

Oleniczak Law LLC provides residents of the Williams Bay, WI area, with qualified legal representation in divorce and annulment matters. We are knowledgeable in every area of family law, from child custody and child support to adoption cases. Call the family law attorneys at Oleniczak Law LLC at (262) 642-4368 for a free consultation.

Member Of

Atty Oleniczak is a member of the Walworth County Bar Association; the Racine County Bar Association and the Wisconsin Family Law Commissioners Association; and the Wisconsin State Bar

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We practice in Jefferson / Waukesha / Walworth / Kenosha

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