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Mediation, from a parent's perspective

Our law office has addressed a number of issues related to mediation, such as the benefits of discussing the idea of mediation with your spouse and some of the advantages of this process. In this post, we will look at mediation from a parent's perspective. Parents may find themselves in the middle of a divorce for all sorts of reasons, as with any married couple. However, it is especially important for those who have children to do what they can to resolve their divorce as peacefully as possible and make things easier for their kids.

How property division works in a divorce

If you are getting ready for a divorce, property division likely ranks among the several important concerns you will need to deal with. Wisconsin is a community property state, which means courts divide assets based on the assumption that each spouse gets half of the marital assets.

College and the end of marriage

Couples have many different concerns as they work through the process of divorce, such as questions about how their property will be split up or issues involving their children (child support, custody, and so on). Another divorce issue involving children is college, which some families have to work through. If your child is planning on attending college soon, you may need to take this into consideration as you work through divorce. For example, college attendance can impact child support payments, affect a parent financially due to tuition and living expenses and also create stress for children and their parents as well.

Talking to your spouse about mediation

When a couple decides to end their marriage, numerous options may be on the table and each person's situation is unique. For some people, working with a mediator is an excellent way to move forward and we have previously written about some of the benefits of this option (saving money and time, etc.). Mediation certainly is not for every couple and some cannot even consider working with a mediator due to domestic violence, for example. However, other couples may be unsure of the way in which their divorce should be approached and if you are in this position it may be helpful to have a conversation with your spouse about mediation.

Divorce as a business owner

For anyone who has decided to bring an end to their marriage, various questions may arise and we have covered many of the different topics related to divorce on this blog. For some people, however, splitting up with a spouse may be especially tough. Not only do some families face challenges related to children (custody battles, child support, etc.), but the financial concerns that divorce may bring up are especially problematic for some people, especially those with a high net worth. If you are approaching a high-asset divorce and you own a business, it is pivotal to understand how this move could affect you in the near future and down the road.

Why do people really get divorced?

The commonplace nature of divorce does not make it any less stressful for those who realize it is the best option for their marriage. Nobody wants to see their union diverge, but sometimes it is indeed the healthiest step for both spouses. Why do people really get divorced, though? There is no single answer to this question, but there are a few persistent trends that can help you understand the phenomenon. 

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