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Alison H. Spakowitz Krueger

Alison Krueger’s Answers

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  • I just recently moved into a home with my boyfriend. My ex is requesting to discontinue my alimony. Can he do that?

    When I moved I will be working full year, unlike my other job that I didn't work about 8 weeks of the year. I make less money at this job, about 2.20 less an hour, so It's not like I've increased my income, personally. He lives with his mother a...

    Alison’s Answer

    Living in a marriage-like relationship can be considered a basis for terminating maintenance. You should consult with an experienced family law attorney in your local area to determine if he specific details of your case may arise to a level that the court will consider you to be in a 'marriage-like relationship.'

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  • Is a child's haircut a joint custodial decision?

    Can one parent having joint custody chop off a child's hair making drastic changes to their appearance without the other parents approval or knowledge? If not, what can I do?

    Alison’s Answer

    i agree with thr previous poster, however, a haircut issue can be related to religious decision making. If this is relevant to your case, the court may have to award final decision making to own parent if the haircut issue is related to a religious based decision.

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  • Problem with kids calling me "mom?"

    My husband has two young children. We got married very recently and prepped them for a few months explaining to them that once we were married that they would have a mom at their mom's house and a mom at their dad's house now. The two have decid...

    Alison’s Answer

    The two previous posters have shared excellent advice. I would also add that it might be helpful for your husband and his ex wife to consult with a parenting coach/co-parenting counselor who could help them navigate some of these issues before they become "issues." You could also participate in the process as suggested by the therapist.

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  • If I get a divorce will my children and I keep our home?

    I want to file for a divorce from my husband and I was wondering would the children and I be able to keep the home or will we have to leave? How are these matters handled by the judge? What typically happens? The house is in my name. His grandmoth...

    Alison’s Answer

    Wisconsin is a marital property state which means that the court starts with the presumption that all assets and debts are to be divided equally. The court, however, can deviate from the same based on a number of factors which include gifts or inheritance to one party.
    Whether or not you can remain living in the marital residence post-divorce really depends on whether or not you can afford to live there with the income and support that you receive.
    Further, you mention that the house is in your name, but the real issue is if the mortgage is in your sole name. That will determine if a refinancing of the mortgage is needed to put the mortgage owing on your house in your name alone.
    Based on some of the potential issues that might arise in your case from your brief statement above, I suggest that you consult with an experienced family law attorney.

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  • Can I get an annulment in Wisconsin

    I married a man who I believed would be able to become a US Citizen after our marriage and proper paperwork and immigration interviews. He knew when we married that he would never be eligible due to his criminal record in Ireland. I did not find o...

    Alison’s Answer

    The previous posters accurately stated that there are limited grounds that could cause he court to grant an annulment. A fraud as to an essential of the marriage would be the applicable ground in your case based on the facts presented. I also agree that it would be in your best interests to consult with an experienced family law attorney to discuss relevant case law to your case.

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  • Do we need to provide a health insurance card?

    My husband's ex-wife has been providing their kids with health insurance since their divorce. Now that we are married, the kids are also on my health insurance as well. She is demanding copies of my health insurance cards. I don't feel that we ...

    Alison’s Answer

    The answer may depend of the current court order and who has been ordered to provide health insurance. If your husband was ordered to provide health insurance or both parties were ordered to do so, then your husband must provide a copy of the card. Further, if this matter was brought before the court, it is likely that your husband would be ordered to provide the card to the children's mother.
    Having the secondary coverage would also likely benefit you, since your husband is probably ordered to pay one-half of all uninsured medical costs.

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  • How heavy can a difference of religion weigh in on a court's decision for a Change of Custody arrangement.

    I recognize that a court considers multiple factors when deciding which parent would serve the best interests of the child. In my situation, there is a difference of religion. My ex and I were both raised by our families, married, and .partly rai...

    Alison’s Answer

    The two previous posters have done a wonderful job of pointing out the relevant law and application to the facts stated in your post. I would encourage you to speak to a family law attorney local to your area to discuss more specifics of your case and how the law applies. Each case is decided fact-specific, so take advantage of consulting with an experienced family law attot eg to assist you with deciding the best legal course of action.

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  • What are the best questions to ask a lawyer/ law firm during a consultation to determine if they are the right fit??

    Child custody lawyers

    Alison’s Answer

    Attorney Karp did a wonderful job of listing questions to ask a potential Attormey. One more important question, in my opinion, is: Do you have time based on your current case load to assist me? You should confirm that your Attormey has the necessary time to assist you with your legal needs.
    Good luck!

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  • Is it too late to file for legal separation to protect my self financially?

    My husband devistated us financially with a gambling addiction over the years. Most of the debt was taken care of through bankruptcy. My husband bought a house before we were married. I am not on the mortgage or the deed. The house is set for a sh...

    Alison’s Answer

    if your house is scheduled for a sheriff's sale, I assume that there has been a Judgment of Foreclosure issued by the court. The Judgement of Foreclosure will tell you if the mortgage lender has or has not waived their right to seek payment for any deficiency from the loan.
    Given the serious financial implications of your case and the potential marital waste argument, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney who practices in your county of residence.

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  • Live in Wisconsin and wife is moving out, is she still liable for her half of the monthly bills.

    marriage has been in name only since 2008, wife has now decided to move out, I'm self employed, and my shop is on the property as the home. When she moves out does she owe for half of the home bills

    Alison’s Answer

    if a divorce or legal separation action is filed, you can request that the court schedule a Temporary Order hearing. Such a hearing would occur shortly after filing. At that hearing, the court will determine who is responsible for specific debts and expenses while the case is pending. The court will consider net incomes and expenses of each party when making this determination.
    Unless an action for Divorc or legal separation is filed and such orders are obtained by agreement or from the court, there are no orders as to who is responsible for each debt and expense.

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