Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

If a partner or relative has committed abuse against you, your child or another family member, it is important that you take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. A domestic violence restraining order, also called a protective order, may be appropriate. The process of being granted a restraining order commences when you complete […]

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Same-Sex Partnership or Marriage Separation

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

In Wisconsin domestic partnerships became effective on August 1, 2009 and same-sex marriage was legalized on October 6, 2014. The family law legal system hasn’t quite caught up to all the needs of separating same-sex couples though, so it’s important to seek legal help when there are disputes or a separation. Knowing your legal rights […]

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Tips for Co-Parenting

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Co-parenting can prove hard, especially if you do not have a positive opinion about your ex’s character. However, successful co-parenting is necessary if you want to best ensure your child’s well-being.  Here are 30 tips for divorcing parents, on how to be the best co-parent possible. Please note that the tips from this list are […]

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Does Domestic Violence Impact Child Custody?

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

In Wisconsin, in most cases, domestic violence impacts child custody. A judge will decide if a shared custody arrangement would be in the child’s best interests. If it is decided that a shared custody arrangement would in fact pose harm to the child, then parenting time may be decreased, or even completely barred.  At Peterson, […]

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Child Tax Credit Changes for 2021 and Possibly Beyond

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

How the Child Tax Credit is Divided in Family Court Orders An often overlooked part of divorce and child custody orders is the division of the annual child tax credit. The child tax credit is a credit that the IRS provides for adults to take care of children on their taxes. In most years this […]

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6 Tips to Follow When Gathering Financial Documents for Your Divorce

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

The best divorce lawyers and their staff know it’s crucial to your case that you complete your financial disclosure statement accurately and provide the right financial documents. Here are a few tips that can make the difference between an extremely expensive divorce process and an affordable divorce. Keep all your financial records and any statements […]

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Wisconsin Property Division Laws

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

How is property divided during the divorce process in Wisconsin? Wisconsin is a community property state. This means that under Wisconsin law, marital property must be divided 50/50, down the middle. This differs from many other states, that utilize the “equitable division” theory when dividing property. The “equitable division” theory entails dividing property according to […]

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Valentine’s Day While Getting Divorced

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Divorce can often make one feel unsettled, unorganized and possibly even, unloved, especially on Valentine’s Day. Even if a divorce is going relatively smoothly, going through your first Valentine’s Day without a partner can ignite all sorts of feelings. Here are some options to help you cope and get you through the day: Avoid Social […]

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Child Custody FAQ’s

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

During our 150 years of combined legal experience among all of our lawyers, we have answered countless questions pertaining to child custody and parental rights in Wisconsin. Here are some of the most frequently asked child custody questions we have been presented with, accompanied by guiding answers. At Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C., we understand […]

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Attorney Boelter’s 5 Quick Tips for Meeting with a Guardian ad Litem

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

A guardian ad litem (GAL), is an attorney for the minor children in family law matters, such as divorce, legal separation, paternity, child custody and child placement cases.  In Wisconsin, a GAL may be appointed by the court to represent the best interests of the children to ensure that their needs are taken into consideration. […]

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