Brookfield Family Law
Brookfield WI Family Law Attorneys
We provide personalized, professional legal representation relating to a broad range of family law matters in Wisconsin.
Family law covers a broad range of issues, including divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, and prenuptial agreements. Often you are dealing with more than one issue at once. For example, if a couple has kids and gets divorced, they will also need to figure out custody and child support. The complexities involved in family law disputes require dedicated legal expertise. The Brookfield family law attorneys at MacGillis Wiemer, LLC, can help you with all of your family law needs.
Q: What are the grounds for divorce in Wisconsin?
A: There are two official grounds for divorce – irretrievable breakdown and breakdown of the marital relationship. This encompasses all kinds of problems, including adultery, financial problems, and lost intimacy. All you have to do is state under oath that the marriage is irretrievably broken or that the marriage relationship is broken.
Q: How are marital assets divided?
A: Wisconsin courts usually presume that marital property should be divided equally. There are factors that can influence the court’s ultimate decision, including the length of the marriage, each party’s earning capacity and physical health, and the tax consequences. Premarital property and gifts are not marital property and will not be divided among the spouses. Also, marital misconduct, including infidelity, will not affect the property division.
Q: We have children. Who gets custody?
A: This is a complicated question and depends on a number of factors. Ultimately, the answer comes down to what is in the child’s best interests. Courts will consider the parents’ wishes and the child’s needs, among numerous other things. Custody agreements are also not set in stone. If there is a substantial change in circumstances, you can request a custody modification. But you must wait at least two years after the original agreement takes effect.
Q: Do I have to pay child support and/or spousal support?
A: It depends on your financial situation and the other party’s financial needs. It also depends on the custody arrangement. The experienced attorneys at MacGillis Wiemer, LLC can explain the process for calculating support payments and how that calculation will apply in your case.
Q: Do I need a prenuptial agreement?
A: That is a personal decision, but prenups can give parties peace of mind about their financial security if the marriage ends. A prenuptial agreement is a contract that establishes each party’s financial rights in case of death or divorce.
Q: I adopted my child. Do I have the same legal rights and responsibilities as birth parents?
Q: How do I establish paternity?
A: There are several options for establishing paternity, or legal fatherhood. Talk to the attorneys at MacGillis Wiemer, LLC about your best option. Establishing paternity is the only way to obtain parental rights if you are not married to the child’s mother when the child is born.
At MacGillis Wiemer, LLC, we assist you in all family law-related matters. Get the professional legal representation you need in your case and contact our Brookfield family law attorneys today to request a free consultation.