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Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik
505 King St. Suite 300 La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
Initial Consultation 608-519-4788
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La Crosse Attorneys Helping You Achieve Child and Spousal Support Outcomes with a Focused Approach

Financial support awards that make sense for you and your children

Your children need financial support as it is  vital to addressing your child’s basic needs, including food, shelter, clothing, transportation, personal care and recreation. Wisconsin courts will generally follow set guidelines that take into consideration the number of children, the placement schedule and the income of one or both parents (if the placement schedule is considered “shared”.  The percentage guidelines for support applied to gross income or earning capacity are as follows:

  • 17 percent for one child
  • 25 percent for two children
  • 29 percent for three children
  • 31 percent for four children
  • 34 percent for five children

If the parties have a shared placement schedule, the amount of monthly child support is reduced and each party contributes to a percentage of the variable expenses of the child based on the number of overnights or their equivalent that each party has.  These may include such expenses as daycare, sporting equipment, prom dresses, etc. Use of an experienced child support attorney is crucial to determining the appropriate amount of child support that should be paid under your particular circumstances.  Hale Skemp can also help you determine the appropriate child support obligation when there has been a significant change of circumstances such as a change in income, placement, number of children still in high school, etc

 At Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, our child support attorneys have the skill and experience to effectively argue on your behalf in proceedings for divorce legal separation, or paternity.

Pursuing an appropriate division of property and spousal support in divorce proceedings with vigor and knowledge

Spousal maintenance payments may be ordered in a divorce or legal separation to either party for a specified period of time or an indefinite period. Under Wisconsin law, a court may make such an award after considering several factors:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Division of property
  • Educational level
  • Age and health of the parties
  • Earning capacity
  • Ability to become self-supporting

A court must also divide the marital property when a divorce or legal separation occurs. Dividing assets can be tricky, because the parties may disagree on the value of each asset. Also, spouses often have conflicting desires as to who should get each asset as part of the division, and there may be disagreements as to whether certain assets are marital or separate property. At Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, our family law attorneys handle complex property division issues as part of divorce and legal separation proceedings.

Contact an aggressive La Crosse divorce attorney to help you with your child and spousal support matters, as well as difficult property division issues.

At Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, we work hard to help you achieve the results you desire when it comes to child support payments and spousal maintenance/ alimony property division, a. Contact us online or call us at 608-519-4788.