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Property Division

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Wisconsin is a community property state where everything in the marital estate is presumed to be marital property or otherwise referred to as community property. This means property, assets and debts obtained or incurred during the marriage will be divided equally.  Generally, the presumption of equal division applies to anything obtained either jointly or exclusively by one party. There are a few exceptions, such as gifted and inherited property. It can be extremely difficult to identify what property may have been inherited by one party or gifted to one party, especially if that property has been mixed with other assets.

While the law presumes an equal division of all property and debts, it is not always practical or appropriate to divide the marital estate 50/50.  The court can deviate from this presumption of equal division when considering the following factors:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The property brought into the marriage
  • Whether a spouse has substantial separate assets
  • The age of the spouses
  • The physical and emotional health
  • Contributions to the marriage, such as economic value associated to homemaking/child rearing
  • Earning capacity of each spouse
  • Tax consequences to either party
  • Grossly inappropriate use of marital assets throughout the marriage.

When analyzing your options for property division, you should be sure to work an experienced attorney who understands the gray area of asset and debt division.  Family law attorneys at Kaehne, Cottle, Pasquale & Associates work as team with our Tax and Bankruptcy attorney to review what property division options are best for you.


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Never Stops Working

An excellent attorney. Nicholas was very helpful with our case. He excelled at explaining complex legal concepts. Very accessible, we never had an issue getting an answer to a question. I don't think he stops working. Highly recommended.

Passion and Understanding for her Clients' Wishes

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