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Why some couples get a divorce

Many Wisconsin couples have considered ending their marriages. In some cases, trying to work things out and staying together makes sense. In others, divorcing may be the best course of action to take. People who are thinking about divorcing their spouses should think through reasons why they might want to stay together and reasons why they may want to proceed with the split.

Parents of younger children may want to try to stay together . If their relationships can be mended and they can be healthy, staying together can provide good examples for their offspring. People may also want to stay together if they simply can't afford to live apart on their own. Other reasons to stay together include possible health consequences or if the people have the possibility to rekindle the feelings they once had for each other.

Criminal Law Weekend Wrap-Up

Attorneys Hagner and Borda have been busy defending their criminal law clients this, as they are every week.  Attorney Borda vigorously defendended client in a jury trial.  The client was charged with disorderly conduct.  The reason you need an attorney who will viogorously defend you, even when charged with seemingly minor charges such as disorderly conduct, is that those charges still carry significant consequences.  The specific problem with defending client against the charge of disorderly conduct is that the definition of disorderly conduct in Wisconsin Statute Section 947.01(1) is very broad.  You can literally be found guilty of disorderly conduct if you have engaged in "otherwise disorderly conduct".  There are many ways that a jury can interpret that.

Fathers' rights after divorce

Many divorced parents in Wisconsin actively try to work together to ensure the well-being of their children. They understand the importance of children having positive relationships with both parents. This usually goes beyond honoring visitation agreements. It also requires both parents to not undermine each other's parental authority as well as a willingness to be flexible about how much time a child spends with each of them.

In some cases, however, parents without physical custody may begin to feel left out of their child's life. In most divorces, the father ends up being the non-custodial parent, and some dads may feel as if their relationship is being "managed" by the children's mother. In some cases, this sort of issue can be easily resolved with frank and open communication between the parents.

Vacations and parenting plans after divorce

When Wisconsin schools let out for the summer, people will be thinking about trips to the lake and other excursions. For divorced parents, vacation planning means informing the other parent. A parenting plan developed during the divorce process should provide clear terms intended to limit conflicts.

A vacation presents an excellent opportunity for parents to maintain a relationship with their children. Many parenting plans have a provision requiring that at least 60 days' notice be given for a proposed trip. This allows the other parent to make vacation plans that do not overlap and create a dispute about who gets the children. By providing sufficient notice and adopting a reasonable attitude, both parents can demonstrate for their children a willingness to cooperate. This accommodating approach could aid children in accepting the divorce and in forming positive relationships with both parents.

Entrepreneurs and prenuptial agreements

Wisconsin entrepreneurs who are thinking about getting married may be well advised to consider having a prenuptial agreement in place long before the wedding date. Even though divorce may be far from their minds, if the marriage does end, it could have a significant impact on the company.

The end of a marriage can be a threat to a business due to the instability that it can cause. If there is no prenup, for example, the appreciation in a company's value that took place during the marriage will likely be deemed marital property to which the non-owner spouse could receive a share. It might result in needing to fire employees and terminating business relationships. Another concern is debt. Since married couples share each other's debts, creditors might be able to go after the company to recoup their money.

Welcome to Magner, Hueneke & Borda's Criminal Law Blog

Welcome to the first criminal law post on behalf of Magner, Huenke & Borda, LLP.  Here at Magner, Hueneke & Borda, we have two excellent criminal defense attorneys working full time to protect your rights and to obtain the best possible outcomes in both the trial and appellate courts.  Attorney Ed Borda has been practicing for more than 30 years.  A former prosecutor turned defense attorney, Attorney Borda has experience handling the most complex cases in both state and federal courts.  Attorney Brian Hagner has been with Magner, Hueneke & Borda since 2011.  Attorney Hagner has represented more than a thousand clients in both misdemeanor and felony cases in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.  Additionally, Attorney Hagner has represented dozens of clients in appealing their criminal convictions to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.  Between Attorney Borda and Attorney Hagner, our firm represents criminal defense clients on everything from OWIs to Homicides.  Located in Greenfield, Wisconsin, our criminal defense attorneys represent clients in Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, Racine County, Kenosha County and throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Prolonged divorce action can negatively affect children

Although some Wisconsin couples recognize the potential for divorce at the outset of their marriages, many imagine that their relationships will last indefinitely. Difficulties can lead to the consideration of filing for divorce, but many couples will still endeavor to reconcile their differences. Even if the action begins, some will continue to try to work things out, prolonging the action in hopes of resolving their differences. However, it is important to be aware of the impact of such activity on one's children.

As divorce action begins, a parent's move out of the home may signal a serious change in life. The transition can be more painful if the matter carries on for an extended period of time. A parent might deal with emotional conflict over the divorce based on advice from friends and family or because of their belief system. Some deal with guilt over the decision and the potential consequences for the family. However, the uncertainty that is created because of a delay in concluding the matter could cause a child to remain unfocused, worried and insecure.

Financial abuse in a family law setting

Divorcing spouses in Wisconsin and around the country are sometimes seeking to escape abusive relationships. Domestic abuse is often physical in nature, but spouses may also be trapped financially when they are denied access to money or information. Manipulation and intimidation are deliberate tactics, and they often leave victims unprepared for the challenges of the road ahead. Research has found that the overwhelming majority of abusers exert some form of financial control over their victims, and people who remain in unhappy marriages often do so due to financial fears.

Financial abuse crosses all racial, religious and socioeconomic lines. This kind of manipulation and coercion may begin during a relationship's nascent stages or it may be triggered when one spouse asks for a divorce. When the abuse starts early, the perpetrators may conceal their intentions by making it appear that taking on the financial burden is an act of kindness. They often claim to be protecting their spouses from undue stress and allowing them to enjoy their lives more fully as a result.