Obtaining a credit card or consumer loan as a married individual in Wisconsin actually requires compliance with multiple and complex areas of law. MaiVue Xiong discusses the framework lenders need to comply with obtaining and reporting credit, and the potential ramifications married consumers should know in Wisconsin.
Just as a not-guilty verdict does not necessarily indicate a defendant did nothing wrong, a finding of unsubstantiated child abuse might not mean the child suffered no harm. To competently assist children and their families when abuse is alleged to have occurred, lawyers must understand the terms "substantiated" and "unsubstantiated," including the differences between them and the statute defining "child abuse."
The formula for determining variable child support costs for shared placement between parents will change July 1, along with other child-support related rules. In this article, an attorney with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families explains the changes.
One advantage of the collaborative divorce process is it affords clients the opportunity to “expand the pie” rather than just divide it. That is, it gives clients a broader range of possible solutions that increase the value of complicated assets, such as pensions. The help of a neutral financial professional can be a key to more “pie.”
Many legal issues in family law can be resolved by applying a mathematical formula, such as for setting child support or spousal maintenance. When determining marital property for purposes of division, gifted or inherited property is excluded, unless excluding it creates a hardship for the noninheriting spouse. Determining “hardship” is an issue that requires a lawyer’s advocacy skills rather than a math equation.
Advances in assistive reproductive technology are giving new options for parentage to individuals who are in same-sex marriages, are dealing with infertility, or both. But Wisconsin law is not keeping pace. To resolve disputes when a surrogacy agreement falls apart and grant parent status, the author proposes that Wisconsin courts use an “intended-parent” test.
On the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in In re Gault, which granted certain rights to juveniles accused of committing crimes, the author reviews today’s juvenile courts, considers how juvenile courts protect minors’ due process rights, and outlines defense lawyers’ obligations to juvenile clients.