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Create a property division checklist in advance of your divorce

There may come a point when you realize that divorce is the only way to better your life. As disappointing as it may be, you can't let your guard down. It's critical to protect your legal rights every step of the way.

When it comes to property division, there's a good chance you and your soon to be ex-spouse won't see eye to eye. This is why it's critical to create a property division checklist in advance of your divorce proceedings.

Ruling may reduce applicability of the Armed Career Criminal Act

When a person is charged with a crime or crimes and they are sure they did not commit them in the way the prosecution argues, it may be tempting to represent one's own interests in court. But one of the best reasons to be sure an attorney is part of your criminal defense is an awareness of the legal landscape and how precedents can change the effects of laws.

  • How do legal precedents work in criminal courts?

When the law is unclear the particulars of a case, such as the way a suspect is supposed to have entered a premises illegally or how law enforcement officers gathered evidence, lawyers may argue the merits of a precedent to a judge. This provides context for how similar courts have dealt with similar problems.

  • What is an example of an important precedent?

Singer's divorce made easier by prenuptial agreement

Marriages are very important to people and their social circles in every society. Weddings in the spring and summer are a big part of life in Wisconsin. Although divorces are not as celebrated, they are also common and require just as much attention, if not more, to get it right for all the concerned parties.

The spouses are not the only people affected by divorce. The event can cause several problems between friends and within communities, but no one suffers more than children. Although kids have an amazing capacity to adapt to new situations, the uncertainty of divorce coupled with home life changes can be the source of lifelong trauma.

That youthful drug charge may haunt you for the rest of your life

During adolescence, teen years and young adulthood, the human brain is still developing. Because it has not finished forming, teenagers and even college-age adults may not have the same cognitive abilities as someone only a few years older than they are.

Young adults are notoriously bad at considering long-term risks for their decisions. That can mean engaging in dangerous or risky behavior. Most of the time, questionable decisions made in a moment of youthful frivolity will end up being nothing more than a ridiculous story your own children doubt happened when they grow up.

OWI treatment centers showing initial success in Wisconsin

It is never a good idea to drive while intoxicated. It is easy, especially under the influence, to believe one is able to drive safely, but even a slight buzz means too much to be on the road. Wisconsin is generally a safe place to be, but drinking before or while driving always makes the environment risky.

The first victim of drunk driving may even be the driver, as alcoholism can have a horrific effect on health and safety. Criminal charges are designed to correct behavior for the good of society, and Wisconsin has been seeing initial success with a program to combine the criminal justice system with treatment for drug and alcohol programs.

Wisconsin pays out settlement after infant's injury

Injuries happen all the time in Wisconsin, and most are not the sort that change the direction of a life. When it comes to trauma and pain that leaves a mark, victims often feel the need to exact financial damages to help with recovery. One of the most tragic types of injuries is those that happen to people who don't even realize it.

A recent lawsuit claimed that an infant suffered permanent brain damage after a surgical error in Madison caused a loss of oxygen in his bloodstream. The surgery was meant to correct a birth defect in which tissue adheres to the spinal cord of the baby, who was 6 weeks old at the time of the procedure.

Wisconsin looks at public defender reforms

The right to criminal defense is one of the basic concepts of common law, which formed the basis of the American justice system. Governments are obliged to provide all people accused of crimes with an attorney. Due to budgets and workloads, however, the best possible legal defense may not be guaranteed.

Public defenders in Wisconsin face many resource shortages, from time to basic supplies, simply due to their caseloads. The court-appointed defense attorneys in Racine County may average more than 400 cases in a year. Some groups also fare worse in the criminal justice system; Wisconsin residents of African descent are 12 times more likely to be jailed than their white neighbors.

Joint custody is more common than ever in family courts

Courts tended to side with mothers in child custody cases for much of the 20th century. In fact, joint custody was so rare in some jurisdictions that it was largely reserved for children of criminal or psychologically unstable mothers. But now, courts in Wisconsin and other states are likely to consider or even encourage joint custody for children of divorced parents.

This applies to both major types of child custody: physical and legal. Physical custody deals with where a child spends time, while legal custody is more complex because it deals with how decisions essential to the upbringing of a child are made. Physical custody, or at least most of it, still goes to the mother most of the time purely for practical reasons. Children would need two different schools and activity groups if they evenly split time.

Who's financially responsible for a teen's drunk driving crash?

Like all states, Wisconsin has a law prohibiting drinking and driving to help keep the public safe. There are also laws that make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or for adults to provide alcohol to minors. Unfortunately, neither of these laws actually prevent teenagers from drinking or from getting behind the wheel when leaving a party.

People who get into collisions caused by drunk underage drivers can suffer catastrophic injuries, to say nothing of the property damage that such a crash can cause. Unfortunately, teenagers generally have very few assets with which to compensate those they may hurt in a crash.

New proposed law may clear first-time drunk driving records

Driving under the influence of alcohol is never a good idea. Alcohol and many illegal recreational drugs cause a reduced ability to use good judgment and react quickly enough to drive safely. Although every jurisdiction in Wisconsin and the United States has laws against drunk driving, some jurisdictions are taking a more progressive look at the crime.

A new law proposed in Madison would allow people convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) to request a clean slate if their behavior has improved. This would only apply to drivers who had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15 percent or less at the time of their arrest and drivers who caused no damage or injury through their drunkenness.

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