Ending a marriage can be a painful and difficult time for all involved. We recognize the pain, stress, and emotional strain this process can bring to our clients. We are committed to serving you with purpose and empathy to help you through this process, develop case strategy, set reasonable and realistic goals, and assist in bringing your case to an equitable conclusion.
Divorce and Family Law Attorney
Kemp Law Firm is focused on being an advocate for our clients and their families in the following areas:
- Child Support
- Divorce & Property Issues
- Parental Rights Issues
- Divorce Litigation and Legal Separation
- Child Custody and Placement
- Maintenance (Spousal Support)
- Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
Child Support, Custody & Placement
Our children are our most precious gift. We want our clients to understand that if at all possible, a cooperative parenting relationship may be best for the children. However, if this is not the case, we will work with all parties to come to a reasonable solution for child support and custody of the children.
Custody and Placement are two very different legal concepts. When a parent has custody they are granted decision-making power over the child. They essentially make all of the important life decisions for the child. These may include:
- Consent to enter the military
- Consent to marry
- Authorization for nonemergency surgery
- Consent to obtain a driver’s license
- Choice of school and religion
The court will often look to the best interest of the child when determining division of custody.
Placement is different. Placement is when an individual party has the right to have a child placed with them physically. When that individual has the placement of the child, they are obligated to make routine decisions for the care of the child. These decisions should be in step with the parent that has custody.
While the decision on these two issues can be contentious, Kemp Law Firm makes it a goal to look out for the best interest of our clients and their children.
Equitable Property Division & Maintenance
During your marriage, you and your spouse may have amassed assets. Both individuals played a role in the growth of these assets. Wisconsin is a community property state and the property generally will be divided equally. There are however, exceptions to this presumption. Property that is inherited and property that was brought to the marriage and kept separate may maintain status as separate property.
Most have heard the term alimony. The state of Wisconsin refers to this as spousal support or maintenance. There are a number of factors to determine whether or not maintenance will be granted to a spouse. The court will review these factors and use their discretion to determine what amount of maintenance will be granted. Unlike child support, there are no hard and fast rules or formulas to determine the amount and length of the maintenance. Kemp Law Firm will work to set reasonable expectations and assist our client in the areas of property division and maintenance.
As the father of two young children, I understand the need for both a loving mother and father in the lives of children. Today, fathers play a significant and vital role the lives of our children. Multiple studies show that children that grow up without the influence of a good father are more likely to have a host of issues later in life. It is essential that your rights as a father are protected and not diminished by the system or opposing parties. Having an advocate that is passionate about the role of fathers is essential to your case. Having that advocate will assist you in understanding the problems that fathers often face in divorce and child custody cases. Fathers often make the following mistakes:
- Not holding a consistent job
- Not fighting false charges made by the opposing party
- Moving out of the home the children live in
- Living in areas that are not hospitable for children
- Keeping a messy or unsanitary apartment
Kemp Law Firm is here to be counsel for men that want to play a role in the lives of their children and fight for their rights. Call us today for a consultation at 608-662-7763.