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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of issues and challenges for parents who share placement of children. I have had a lot of questions come up such as: Do I have to exchange the children under these circumstances?  What happens if we get sick and am quarantined? What happens with placement exchanges where the parents live in different areas, or even different states?

One of the greatest sources of stress regarding a divorce relates to child custody issues. Parents usually want to have as much time as possible with their children, and fight hard to obtain as much custody time as the court will allow. However, there are some unfortunate circumstances under which a parent would have a child taken from their custody, either physically or legally. Understanding your legal rights regarding your children is paramount to determining how best to handle your child custody situation, and that your legal rights are protected.

Man arrested for drunk driving

By the time people are old enough to consume alcohol, it is well-ingrained in their minds that they should not drink and drive. We are told the responsible thing to do is to simply not get behind the wheel. However, life is not always that simple. Sometimes, your vehicle is the only place where you can “sleep it off.”

People are often surprised to learn that being drunk inside your vehicle, even if it is parked and turned off, is in fact a way that you can get arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, or OWI. You think you are doing the right thing. Instead, you discover that even having the keys in your hand is cause for suspicion of OWI. As Wisconsin OWI lawyers, we know that this is a rare occurrence, but it happens more often than you would think.

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A custody agreement is based on the circumstances of the family dynamic at a particular time.  New jobs and remarriages shake up the status quo by requiring the parent with primary custody, or the custodial parent, to move.

On one hand, the relocating parent has the right to live a full life as a sovereign individual. On the other, non-custodial parents have a right to be heard during major changes regarding their children. Wisconsin family law statutes are steadfast in balancing accountability and personal liberty of its residents.

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Wisconsin residents filing for bankruptcy can protect some of their assets. Qualifying personal property in limited amounts cannot be used as repayment toward creditor claims. Laws refer to these amounts as exemptions.

Your home and personal vehicles are protected by Wisconsin exemption laws. These laws make sense since the purpose of bankruptcy is to give you a financial clean slate. This goal would be impossible to accomplish without a home or the ability to travel for work and school.

The first decision to make is whether you will use state or federal exemptions. Both offer their own set of laws, benefits, and drawbacks. Wisconsin is one of 20 states that offer this option. A Wisconsin bankruptcy lawyer is the best person to answer your specific questions or address your unique concerns.

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We are pleased to serve clients throughout Western Wisconsin, including the following counties: Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dunn, Polk, Pepin, Buffalo, Barron, Clark, Jackson, Pierce, Rusk, and Trempealeau.

Client Testimonials

“I hired Mrs. Otto in regards to obtaining custody of my two children. She made the best of an unfortunate situation and understood my need to put the well-being of my children first. Her extensive knowledge of family law eased my anxiety about the tough legal process ahead! Her experience in the courtroom gave me confidence that we would be successful. Mrs. Otto gave me clear advice about how to proceed with my case without using confusing legalese. Thanks to her council, I am now happy to have placement and custody of my son and daughter. I can rest better at night knowing that their needs are needs are being met.  I thank Mrs. Otto for being my best asset in my fight for them!!!! You're the best!!!!”  2013 Family Client

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