A Teacher's Journey Through Property Division in Family Law

The names and scenarios in this article have been altered to protect attorney-client privilege. This story illustrates the types of matters Attorney Robert Keenan handles at Sterling Lawyers in Waukesha, WI. For privacy reasons, we do not discuss the outcomes of cases.

Zoey is a 29-year-old teacher with one minor child going through a divorce in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She is seeking legal advice from Attorney Robert Keenan at Sterling Lawyers in Waukesha regarding property division. Zoey is concerned about dividing the house and other assets fairly with her ex-spouse.

Attorney Robert Keenan, a Waukesha property division lawyer, has extensive experience handling complex divorce and property division cases in Waukesha County. He is dedicated to guiding clients like Zoey through this difficult process and ensuring their rights are protected.

As a teacher, Zoey’s days are busy lesson planning, grading papers, and helping students. She loves her job, but it doesn’t leave much time for legal matters. The stress of the divorce weighs on Zoey as she tries to keep life normal for her child. Her biggest concern is how to fairly divide the house she owns with her ex.

The house was purchased during the marriage, but only Zoey’s name is on the mortgage. Her ex wants half the proceeds if it’s sold. Zoey contributed more financially to the down payment and renovations. She worries that she’ll need to sell the house she and her child have called home to buy out her ex’s interest.

On top of the house, there are other joint assets and debts. Zoey’s not sure what is considered marital property in Wisconsin and how it impacts division. As the primary breadwinner, she also worries the court will order an unfair split that doesn’t account for income disparity.

The confusing legalese and court procedures related to property division are overwhelming for Zoey. She knows she needs a divorce attorney on her side during this vulnerable time.

Attorney Keenan sits down with Zoey for a comprehensive consultation about her situation. He explains that in Wisconsin, marital property generally includes assets acquired during marriage by either spouse. All marital property is subject to division.

However, there are exceptions – like gifts, inheritances, or property owned prior to marriage – that may be considered individual rather than marital property. The court examines the total circumstances to achieve a fair, equitable split.

Attorney Keenan will thoroughly review Zoey’s financial records including mortgage documents, bank statements, credit card bills, retirement accounts, and more. He will also request records from her ex to get a complete picture.

His in-depth knowledge of family law in Waukesha County allows Attorney Keenan to realistically forecast the likely property division based on precedents and Zoey’s unique situation.

He discusses Zoey’s concerns compassionately and describes how he will build the strongest case possible to protect her rights as a mother and homeowner. Attorney Keenan alleviates stress by explaining what Zoey can expect during the legal process. He will handle all correspondence, filings, and negotiations directly with her ex’s counsel.

Based on his knowledge in Waukesha County family law, Attorney Keenan outlines the key steps involved:

  1. File a Summons and Petition to formally initiate divorce proceedings
  2. Complete and exchange full financial disclosure statements
  3. Determine goals for property division and child custody
  4. Negotiate equitable division of assets and debts
  5. If an agreement is reached, draft and sign Marital Settlement Agreement
  6. If no agreement, prepare for trial including witness lists, evidence exhibits, and legal arguments
  7. Attend court hearings leading up to final trial
  8. Present case in family court trial if needed
  9. Ensure all final orders are filed and received by both parties

Attorney Keenan emphasizes that he will guide Zoey through each phase, handling all intricacies like strict filing deadlines, legal motions, and representing her in court.

Having Attorney Keenan's knowledge greatly reduces Zoey's burden during the divorce and property division process. She can rely on him to act in her best interests at all times.

Trying to navigate the confusing legal system alone can leave you vulnerable if you miss deadlines or overlook important details. It can also lead to unnecessary delays, excess expenses, and an outcome that is not in your favor.

The emotional stress of court appearances and proceedings takes a toll without a knowledgeable guide. Attorney Keenan's support alleviates anxiety and provides confidence that Zoey's rights are protected under the law.

There are no do-overs when it comes to legal matters that impact your family and financial future. Having an experienced professional like Attorney Keenan ensures the process is handled properly the first time.

Attorney Keenan has successfully represented many clients in property division disputes. His knowledge of local judges and procedures makes all the difference in achieving optimal outcomes.

We make it a priority to ensure clients have a fierce advocate on their side during divorce. Please contact Sterling Lawyers online or call (123) 456-7890 to schedule a consultation with our skilled property division attorneys. The choice of an attorney is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertisements.

The names and scenarios in this article have been altered to protect attorney-client privilege. This story illustrates the types of matters Attorney Robert Keenan handles at Sterling Lawyers in Waukesha, WI. For privacy reasons, we do not discuss the outcomes of cases.

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