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Little Chute, Wisconsin 54140

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Appleton Divorce Attorneys Getting Clients a Favorable Resolution

We protect your interests during divorce proceedings

Divorce is a complex subject, both personally and legally. Wisconsin divorce laws are different from almost all other states. In Wisconsin, the process is governed by the state's Marital Property Statute. The majority of other states divide property based on principles of an "equitable" or fair standard, Wisconsin views most property acquired during the marriage to be a marital asset to which both parties have an equal right. As a result, courts try to keep the division of property as close to a 50-50 split as possible. The process can be particularly difficult if you and your spouse have combined certain assets.

Van Hoof & Schneider Law Firm has been committed to addressing the challenges of individuals facing divorce for more than 75 years. We understand your concerns and frustrations, and we strive to get you the resolution you need. Van Hoof & Schneider Law Firm also offers legal guidance to those interested in pro se/self-help. We can assist with document preparation, document review and preparation for mediation.

What assets are considered marital property?

Income and property acquired during your marriage are considered to be your and your spouse's joint property. You each have an equal right to it when a court divides assets during a divorce proceeding. Income can be from many sources, including insurance proceeds, dividends and deferred employment benefits.

However, there are a few important exceptions to marital property outlined in Wisconsin law. Property not considered a marital asset includes:

  • Gifts or inheritance monies that have not been shared with your spouse
  • Income you have received from non-marital property
  • Property acquired prior to your marriage
  • Property divided by a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement with your spouse

Property division under Wisconsin's marital property system can be confusing and complicated. We can help you understand the law and how it affects you.

Lawyers experienced at handling child custody, child support and alimony

There are many issues related to the end of a marriage, and the legal process can take years. Our law firm can handle all aspects of your divorce proceedings, including:

  • Maintenance — Commonly known as alimony or spousal support, maintenance payments are intended to benefit spouses who cannot immediately support themselves following the end of a marriage. Wisconsin courts may consider a very broad range of factors when deciding whether to award maintenance, including the length of your marriage and whether or not there is an earning discrepancy between you and your spouse. If you are concerned about spousal support following your divorce, we can explain more about what to expect.
  • Child custody — During divorce proceedings, Wisconsin courts determine child custody according to the best interests of the child. However, there is a legal presumption that when determining physical placement, both parents should have regularly occurring time with the child. You must also submit a parenting plan to the court describing your and your former spouse's responsibilities with regard to raising the child. Our law firm can help you comply with these court requirements during the custody process.
  • Child support — Courts in the Badger State have a complicated formula to determine child support, and you need a capable attorney to advocate for your needs during the process. You may be experiencing difficulty collecting badly needed payments from your former spouse, or you may find your wages are garnished if you owe support. Our attorneys help protect your rights if you are experiencing problems with child support payments.

Our firm can work with you throughout the divorce process and assist with common post-divorce issues. Our divorce attorneys have decades of experience helping families with their legal problems.

Contact us for a free 30-minute initial consultation if you have questions about divorce in Wisconsin

Van Hoof & Schneider Law Firm is proud to serve Appleton, Little Chute and the surrounding communities. Our offices are conveniently on Main Street in Little Chute. We offer flexible hours and free 30-minute consultations. Contact us at 920.788.3543 or online to schedule an appointment.


"Casey, kindness like yours makes a difference. Thank you for all you’ve done for me!"
- Donna Bauman, client.

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Casey Paul Schneider obtained his Bachelor of Science, Dean's List, 1990, from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and his Juris Doctor, Dean's List, 1994, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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Van Hoof & Schneider Law Firm
116 E. Main Street
Little Chute, Wisconsin 54140
Phone: 920.788.3543

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Van Hoof & Schneider Law Firm is in Little Chute, Wisconsin and serves clients in and around Little Chute, Kaukauna, Appleton, Combined Locks, Sherwood, Calumet County and Outagamie County.

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