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Family Law

Feb 3, 2022

The Valadez case: A bad start to the year

The first family-law case to be recommended for publication by the Court of Appeals in almost two years makes me wish that it would have been longer. Well, the good news is that when I write my end of the year column for 2022 highlighting bad decisions, I will have a good start.

Dec 7, 2021

YEAR IN REVIEW: Looking back at happened in 2021 with family law

It’s time for my annual year in review – a look back at those new cases and statutes in family law which improve this area of law and those which, well, not so much.

Oct 18, 2021

The high conflict divorce

My late partner, Leonard Loeb, used to say that every lawyer has at least one case which they think is the cause of most of their headaches and lost sleep. The lawyer thinks “as soon as that case is completed, my life will be so much easier.” But, naturally, as soon as that case does wrap up, there is another one with the same effect on the lawyer.

Sep 21, 2020

WHO’S LIFE IS IT ANYWAY? ‘In between’ placement cases offer no easy answers

One of the most common questions clients ask me is: “When do the children get to make the decision as to placement?”

Aug 28, 2020

Court’s decision to take up Facebook case doesn’t make much sense

On June 16, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued its opinion in Miller v. Carroll, 2020 WI 56, a case involving a judge’s decision to accept a Facebook friend request from a mother in a custody and placement dispute.

Aug 12, 2020

With hardship, COVID-19 brings a few opportunities for legal practice

My mother used to say that it takes a very ill wind to blow no good.

Jun 1, 2020

Wisconsin divorce filings on the wane since pandemic’s beginnings

In late March, as people in China emerged from coronavirus quarantines, lawyers watched divorce rates skyrocket in many Chinese cities. Statistics about the increase quickly spread online.

Apr 24, 2020

How support has changed in the age of COVID-19

Although I’m normally not one to bemoan the “good old days” gone by, there are instances in which I do. And given the unprecedented and unusual circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak as it affects the legal system, one such instance comes to mind.

Apr 1, 2020

AVOID THE ‘F’ WORD: What’s ‘fair’ got to do with it?

Recently, a default divorce hearing fell through because the judge in the case had the temerity to ask a party whether she thought the proposed settlement was fair.

Dec 6, 2019

Who wants to be friends – with a judge?

On Jan. 13, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the question of who can be friends with a judge – at least in the cyber world. The implications of the case may affect the use of ESM (Electronic Social Media) by judges and bring into play the adage “bad facts make bad law”.

Nov 25, 2019

Most family law cases now settle. Here are some tips on doing it right.

The greatest change in the practice of family law in recent years has been the incredibly higher rate of resolution versus settlement.

Sep 18, 2019

THE MAGIC OF MEDIATION: Litigation rates in family law decline in favor of settlements

Among the changes in the practice of family law over the years (and there have been many) none have been as significant as the transition of the practice from litigation focused to settlement focused.


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