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Divorce and the baby boomer crowd

When researchers divided divorcing couples into groups based on age, it turned out that one in four people is in the 50-and-over group. This is a marked increase: In the 1990s, only 10 percent of people getting divorced were members of this age group.

Times have changed and so have relationships. Older people have the advantage of their years in that many have already experienced divorce and remarriage. Depending on their circumstances, some find a second divorce liberating, while some find it devastating.

Legally establishing fatherhood in Wisconsin

Some individuals may not be aware that fathers do not have automatic paternal rights to children when they are born. Often times, this becomes an issue during a separation when a father wants rights to his children, or when a mother seeks child support.

In such cases, the parents must obtain a determination of paternity. In the state of Wisconsin, there are a few different ways to complete this process.

Stepparent adoption creates a legal family framework

If you and the child you wish to adopt are already close, that rapport may make you feel you that are already the child’s parent. However, there is a legal process to go through to make adoption official.

In Wisconsin, bringing the family together through an adoption comes with requirements, benefits and responsibilities.

Is mediation the solution for ending your long marriage?

Mediation has steadily been gaining ground over the traditional divorce court proceeding. It is highly popular among couples who are either approaching middle age or are well into that phase of their lives: They see it as a more civilized way of ending marriage.

Mediation is also a more economical choice, as the whole process can be over in a timely fashion. There is no resemblance to a protracted divorce court timeline, where the final gavel may not come down for a year or more.

Common fears when facing divorce

When the decision has been made and you know that divorce is in your near future, it's not unusual at all to be anxious about where the next steps in your life will lead you. Divorce is never an easy process, whether it's amicable or not, and you aren't alone in having fears about your future and changing circumstances.

While the details of your divorce are unique to your situation, there are a few common fears that most people experience as the divorce process gets underway. As experienced family law attorneys, we have had the opportunity to address many of these concerns with spouses who are going through a divorce and wanted to share some reassuring advice about two of the questions we hear most often:

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