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MLB pitcher Bartolo Colon in child support dispute

Baseball fans in Wisconsin may be familiar with New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon. The 42-year-old pitcher, who has been nicknamed 'Big Sexy," is involved in a child support dispute with the 38-year-old mother of his 7-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. The children were reportedly born while Colon was married to the mother of his other four children.

After the report about Colon's child support issue came out on May 18, an associate of Colon's denied the allegations. The man was at Colon's home when reporters came to his door of his New Jersey home hours before Colon was scheduled to play in a game against the Washington Nationals. Though Colon left without speaking to reporters, his associate stated that Colon never missed a child support payment.

Actress Kaley Cuoco's divorce agreement

Wisconsin fans of the hit television show "The Big Bang Theory" may have heard that one of its stars, actress Kaley Cuoco, and her former husband were officially divorced as of May 6. They were together for about two years.

Cuoco and her former husband, tennis star Ryan Sweeting, were married on Dec. 31, 2013, just three months after they started dating. They announced that they were getting a divorce in late September 2015. Cuoco was reported to be in a relationship with an equestrian while Sweeting is listed as "retired" from tennis.

Supporting a child after divorce

As many Wisconsin parents have found, the payment of child support can become an issue at times. This might be true both for divorced couples and those who were never married. Support for a child is usually based upon state guidelines that take parental income and other factors into account. However, both parents are obligated to support a child until the age of 18 or until that child has been emancipated.

In the case of an unmarried couple, courts will not order support for the child without proof of paternity. Some fathers are willing to do this voluntarily. In other cases, a DNA test may be required.

The dangers of social media for people getting a divorce

Divorces can sometimes be contentious affairs because they are so emotional, and people often have feelings of hurt and resentment. In some ways, access to social media can make this worse. Wisconsin couples who are ending their marriages may be tempted to air their grievances on Facebook, but this could prove to be a serious mistake.

Additionally, people may struggle with their divorce if they see all of the other social media posts of happily married friends and family. No one's life is perfect, but many are able to give the impression of an idyllic existence by the way they manage their social media accounts. It is easy for people who are going through a divorce to become depressed when comparing their lives to the filtered lives of others.

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.