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Win a High Asset Divorce Battle in Milwaukee, WI

Fighting Like a Pitbull to Win a Wisconsin High Asset Divorce Battle

Divorces are adversarial by nature. With over 25 years of experience in Wisconsin Divorce law, we’ve seen all levels of animosity. That animosity grows with every dollar there is to be fought over. We don’t promote hostility, but at John T. Fields and Associates we understand that when our clients feel like they are backed into a corner they need someone to fight like a pitbull to protect their property from a spouse that doesn’t deserve it.

High asset divorces are more complex than merely splitting up property. Complicating factors such as prenuptial agreements (which aren’t always legally binding) and claims for significant amounts of child support or spousal maintenance often muddy the waters of a very difficult period in a person’s life. In Wisconsin, division of property and marital assets becomes even more complex when business interests need to be bought out by one spouse or liquidated entirely. High incomes and spending habits further cloud one’s ability to make accurate financial assessments. John T. Fields and Associates is here to help, armed with 25 years of experience and an array of experts necessary to clear the murky waters of high asset divorce in Wisconsin.

In a high asset divorce, a Milwaukee divorce lawyer needs to be very resourceful to uncover assets that a deceitful spouse may be hiding. Asset hiding is illegal and unethical, but that may not keep your spouse from doing everything they can to limit the amount of property you’re entitled to. There are a variety of unscrupulous tricks your spouse could use to minimize their own loss in a highly contested divorce.

Our divorce lawyers will uncover all hidden income and revenue in a Milwaukee high asset divorce

Often, one spouse will not know how much money the other makes. Persons who are self-employed will often use their independence to make it look like they make less money. Sometimes business owners will prepare for a divorce by investing cash into their businesses in an attempt to keep the money away from their spouses. A consultant or contractor might delay jobs to make their line of work appear less profitable. Even salaried employees have been known to request raises and promotions to be delayed until a divorce is finalized. John T. Fields and Associates will unearth all of these deceptions, meticulously examining financial records and IRS information to discover any suspicious changes or unreported income. If you are concerned your spouse may be trying to minimize their earning potential, ask your Milwaukee divorce lawyer about how vocational assessment may help in proving your spouse’s true income potential.

Our Wisconsin high asset divorce specialists have repeatedly exposed debt or expense manipulation

Unscrupulous spouses will often modify their spending habits to prepare for a divorce. A spouse will sometimes make large credit card purchases using accounts which they’ll soon only be 50% responsible for after the divorce is finalized. New loan agreements can be made to intentionally reduce a person’s net worth. Unnecessary expenses, like remodeling an office or buying new furniture, can be either accelerated or wholly fabricated in response to an anticipated Wisconsin high asset divorce. At John T. Fields and Associates, we know all of the tricks that dishonest spouses will use to your detriment. Our Milwaukee divorce lawyers will aggressively hunt for phony debts, fake payments, and hidden assets by looking for inconsistencies in ATM logs, bank statements and credit reports. We’ll also identify any unexplained payments to tax accountants or financial advisors who may be helping a spouse reallocate money to prepare for a Wisconsin divorce.

Our Family Law Firm will discover the hidden money and property value in a Milwaukee high income divorce

Dishonest parties will attempt a variety of unethical tricks to keep their spouses away from the assets to which they have a rightful claim. Some spouses will allow rental properties to stay vacant and in a state of disrepair in an attempt to keep value off their balance sheet. Others willfully obtain inaccurate property appraisals, or hide money by transferring it to a business or third party account. Spouses have even been known to overpay on taxes and wait to cash their refund check until the divorce is finalized. The experienced Milwaukee divorce lawyers at John T. Fields and associates stop spouses from getting away with ILLEGAL tactics.

At John T. Fields and Associates, our divorce clients are never left in the dark about the assets and income to which they are legally entitled. Whenever someone is served divorce papers in Wisconsin, John T. Fields and Associates is standing by, ready to FIGHT LIKE A PITBULL to expose immoral tactics. John T. Fields is a battle-hardened Wisconsin divorce attorney who will uncover any attempts at asset manipulation by thoroughly investigating retirement accounts, tax records, earning statements, stocks, bonds, bank statements, credit card statements and asset appraisals. After an initial consultation, we’ll form a battle strategy according to the individual circumstances of your Wisconsin high asset divorce.

Don’t be left unprotected in a contentious divorce in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Brookfield, Racine or Kenosha. Count on the experienced Wisconsin divorce lawyers at John T. Fields to provide aggressive legal representation when you need it most. Call 262-782-8322 today, and we’ll fight for your rights – LIKE A PITBULL.  

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FAQ: How Is Property Divided?

The law recognizes that the marriage is a partnership and if that partnership is dissolved, all marital assets and liabilities should be divided 50/50. The exceptions to this are any property received as a gift or inheritance. This property is not subject to division so long as it is kept separate.

Wisconsin Divorce Property Division

When property is being divided, the court considers outside circumstances before splitting everything 50/50. Some of these factors include:

  • The length of marriage
  • The property brought to the marriage by each party
  • Whether one of the parties has substantial assets not subject to division by the court
  • The contribution of each party to the marriage
  • The economic value to each party's contribution in home making and child care services
  • The age and physical and emotional health of each parties
  • The contribution by one party to the education, training or increased earning power of the other
  • The earning capacity of each party, including educational background, training, employment skills, work experience, length of absence from the job market
  • Custodial responsibilities for children

It is important to be honest to the court and your attorney regarding your assets and property. Contact the family law attorneys at John T. Fields and Associates for assistant in your divorce and to make sure you get the assets you are entitled too.

Milwaukee Area Office: (262) 782-8322

Madison Area Office: (608) 260-7370

 

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FAQ: Explain The Divorce Process

In Wisconsin, it takes a minimum of 120 days from the date of service to get a divorce. This is considered a "cooling off" period which is required by law. Complicated divorces may take longer.

The Divorce Process in Wisconsin

The divorce process begins when one party files a summons and petition with the court. The person who files for divorce is called the petitioner. The other person is called the respondent. The respondent is served with the divorce paperwork and the 120 day time period begins. In the beginning, it is usually necessary to have some temporary divorce agreements on major issues; such as who has custody of the children, who stays in the house, and how much temporary support is paid, to name a few. The parties, through their divorce attorneys, should try to reach a written temporary agreement. If this is not possible, a hearing will be held in court and a court commissioner will make any necessary decisions. Any agreements or decisions made by the court are, in fact, temporary and in effect only while the divorce is pending. The ultimate outcome could be very different.

{Attorney Note: Though this phase only refers to the period when the divorce is pending, it is still very important because it sets up a status quo which is often maintained at the end of the divorce. Also, since complicated divorces can go on for some time these temporary agreements may be something that you have to live with for several months, or even longer}

After a temporary agreement has been reached, the case enters the discovery phase. In this phase, the divorce attorneys collect detailed information on debts and assets so that a settlement can be attempted. If there is a custody dispute, child support dispute, or maintenance dispute, your divorce attorney should gather all necessary information for presentation to the court so you can get the result you desire.

The family law attorneys at John T. Fields & Associates help clients facing adversarial divorces, requiring an aggressive, pit bull-style approach. We handle all aspects of divorce disputes including child custody battles, child support settlements, asset division, and other special circumstances involving divorce. We also assist clients who need representation for no-fault divorce in Wisconsin. Contact our divorce and family law firm for more information about legal representation involving divorce matters.

Milwaukee Area Office: (262) 782-8322

Madison Area Office: (608) 260-7370

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FAQ: How Much Child Support Am I Entitled?

If you are awarded the primary physical placement of your child the court will use a percentage standard to determine the amount of child support you are entitled to. This percentage standard was adopted by the state legislature to avoid long legal battles over how much one party should fairly spend on a child, as well as providing a standard of living for the child as close to the one he would have enjoyed if the parties had not divorced.

Wisconsin Child Support Laws - Child Support Guidelines

The parent obligated to pay child support must pay the following percentages of his/her gross income (before taxes or any other deductions):

  • One child 17%
  • Two children 25%
  • Three children 29%
  • Four children 31%
  • Five children 34%

{Attorney Note: Under some circumstances the judge can vary from these percentage standards and increase or decrease the amount of child support.}

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FAQ: What Is A Guardian ad Litem?

A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is a court-appointed lawyer whose job is to serve as an advocate for the best interests of the children in a Wisconsin divorce. Either parent can request a Guardian Ad Litem be appointed, but one will be assigned if the parents cannot come to an agreement on child custody or placement either independently or with the help of a mediator. After performing an investigation called an “informal discovery,” Guardians Ad Litem will advise the judge based on a number of factors, including but not limited to: the wishes of the child, the safety and well being of the child, the strength and duration of existing relationships with grandparents or other family members, the amount of time spent with the child in the past, relocation concerns including school and child care, and the parent’s ability to cooperate and communicate with the other parent in regards to the child. For more information about how Guardians Ad Litem affect your child custody battle, call to schedule an appointment with an experienced Milwaukee area divorce lawyer at John T. Fields & Associates.

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