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Family Law

May 4, 2016

Group wants pro bono attorneys for piecemeal divorce cases

Before a recent rule change, the chances were slim that the parties in a divorce case could find lawyers to represent them pro bono.

Nov 16, 2015

Rethinking the business of family law

When Susan Hansen, a Milwaukee attorney, started her career in family law, about 10 percent of the cases of that sort filed in circuit court were brought by pro se litigants.

Feb 18, 2015

FAMILY LAW: Rewriting the book on marriage

With same-sex marriage now legal in 36 states -- and probably legal in all 50 after the U.S. Supreme Court rules next summer -- same-sex divorces will follow in due course.

Jan 12, 2015

FAMILY LAW: Lawyers shouldn’t rely on appeals court to bail them out

It is common, where there are minor children, for a divorce agreement to require at least the payor of child support and sometimes both parties to maintain life insurance with the children as beneficiaries.

Dec 30, 2014

FAMILY LAW: A handy decision for divorcees considering a move

If you tell the child’s other parent where you intend to move the child, permission to remove is specific to that location. The removing parent doesn’t have carte blanche to move wherever he or she chooses.

Jun 10, 2014

FAMILY LAW: A troubling gray area in divorce cases

Gray areas are seldom helpful in family law, as divorced parties benefit by definition.

Apr 4, 2014

FAMILY LAW: Appeals court erred in joint custody decision

In a recent opinion the District 4 Court of Appeals misapplied Wisconsin statutes regarding the meaning of joint custody.

Feb 19, 2014

FAMILY LAW: Wis. should protect children from parents’ fighting

Everyone agrees that protecting children is a primary goal of our family law system. The difficulty is defining what is truly “best” for children, in order to achieve their best interests.

Jan 28, 2014

FAMILY LAW: Divorce ‘documentary’ shows little to no reality

Now that we’re in the thick of winter and as Oscar season approaches, thoughts turn to spending some time at the warm local cinema for diversion.

Jan 15, 2014

FAMILY LAW: Leave child support legislation alone

So-called "constituent bills" are rather common in the family law field. They are introduced by legislators who want campaign contributions and don't like to say "no" to anyone who gives them.

Dec 23, 2013

FAMILY LAW: What our practice area needs for the holidays

At this time of year, it’s common to see “wish lists” for various people or groups. That got me thinking (a dangerous, if rare, thing) of what “wish list” could be devised for those in the family law field.

Dec 17, 2013

FAMILY LAW: Appeals decision could alter post-judgment modification cases

A recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals case in a mental commitment action may have significant implications for post-judgment modification cases in family law in this state.

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