Divorce

You Will Walk In Feeling Nervous; You Will Walk Out Feeling Confident

The courts and many lawyers seem to think marriage is just a legal relationship between two people. To dissolve the marriage requires a court process, just as it would if parties try to legally dissolve any contractual agreement. And like any legal matter involving two people, there are complex issues that need to be negotiated and settled in order to protect both parties' rights and interests. At least, that's the way the courts and many lawyers look at it.

At Brazil & Benske, LLC, in Milwaukee, our family law attorneys know that divorce involves the heart as much as the head. Anyone going through a divorce knows that dissolving a marriage means ending a long-term relationship with a person you once promised to spend the rest of your life with. It often involves children. It almost always involves fear of an unknown financial future. It's not just a legal contract you are bringing to an end; it's the start of a new future. How you move into that future often depends on the lawyers you have at your side.

Is there really such a thing as an amicable divorce?
We know that most people want a short and easy divorce so they can get on with their lives as quickly as possible. If you and your spouse have decided how you want to settle most issues, we can help move it through the legal process as quickly as possible. Be aware, though, that even when divorcing couples have drafted a proposed agreement, there are often final details that have been overlooked. That's where our experience comes in.

Confidence In The Future Begins With Hiring A Lawyer You Can Trust

Some people are afraid that hiring an attorney will only create conflict. When you have Brazil & Benske, LLC, as your law firm, this could not be further from the truth. We are a team of lawyers devoted to one thing: resolving the complex issues that need to be settled between you and your spouse as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The truth is, your divorce isn't really final until you are satisfied that all the legal details were taken care of and you have put the emotions and the financial costs behind you.

We focus exclusively on Wisconsin family law, and most of our clients come to us for divorce representation. We have earned a regional reputation for our commitment to excellence in all areas of divorce litigation, including:

  • Marital property division: Under Wisconsin law, property is classified as either separate property or marital property. When a couple has been married for any length of time, it is likely that their property and assets will be considered marital property. (In some cases, a prenuptial agreement may be in place prior to the marriage and the assets, keeping the property separate.) Part of the divorce process includes discovery of assets and debt, during which the property undergoes a financial inventory and valuation. The parties then negotiate a fair and equitable distribution of the assets and debt. Relying on our extensive experience with divorce, we are generally able to resolve the most contested property disputes through skillful negotiations and methods of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. We also use computer software and may turn to experts and specialists for assistance to ensure you get the fair property settlement you need for your financial future. Other issues related to property division include:
    • High-asset complex estates, stocks, bonds and business ownership
    • Pensions and qualified retirement accounts
    • Title of the house
    • Family debt
  • Spousal support and alimony: Spousal maintenance is what the courts used to call alimony. Both terms refer to a temporary or permanent financial allowance the court orders one party to pay the other as part of the divorce judgment. Sometimes, the support payments only continue during a formal period of separation prior to the divorce, under a legal separation agreement. Sometimes the support may come in the form of allowing one spouse to continue to live in the house until he or she finishes job training or education and finds employment. There are no hard-and-fast rules about when one spouse will get alimony, for how long or for how much. Determining whether alimony is appropriate and calculating an appropriate level that is fair to both parties can be complex. Brazil & Benske uses state-of-the-art legal software to determine maintenance calculations.
  • Custody, placement and parenting rights: Parents going through a divorce are naturally worried about the safety and welfare of their children. Even if the parents can agree over the kitchen table who should have primary placement, heated disputes often arise regarding legal decisions and parenting schedules that don't always look so equitable to the noncustodial parent. We work hard to make sure you keep your feet on the ground and remain focused on what is best for your child in custody and placement settlements. Other issues related to custody and placement include:

Put The Nerves Behind You — Call Today And Schedule An Appointment

At Brazil & Benske, LLC, we understand how difficult it is to sit down with a divorce attorney. Many of our clients have never had to hire a lawyer for any legal problem before. Let us assure you: We are here to help. We understand the difficulties that arise during divorce and promise commitment, experience and support throughout the process. Call us at 414-939-0468 or send an email to arrange an initial opportunity to meet.