May 6, 2015 – Could standards, similar to child support, work for spousal support? Earlier this year Illinois put into effect a statute for maintenance guidelines. Could it happen in Wisconsin? The author believes maintenance guidelines are a good idea if they are advisory, allowing for judicial discretion. Ignoring individual circumstances creates more harm than good.
Wisconsin’s family law statutes presume that a couple’s property will be equally divided at separation or divorce. Marital waste is one factor that may allow a deviation from this presumption, but different courts treat marital waste in various ways. Here are some strategies for effectively representing divorcing clients who may have wasted marital assets, or who believe their spouse wasted assets and is seeking compensation in support or the division of marital assets and debts.
Nov. 5, 2014 – Same-sex marriage is now the reality in Wisconsin. But lawyers and same-sex couples will still encounter many legal questions that are still unanswered. In this article, attorney Christopher Krimmer raises various legal issues and offers some solutions.
Sept. 17, 2014 – Parents or legal guardians are vested with the power to make medical decisions for their minor children or wards, but this power is not absolute. In this video, Madison attorney Tyler Wilkinson highlights considerations for attorneys facing medical decision-making issues.
Bullying in school is particularly hard to combat, because children generally do not have the option of avoiding the problem by changing locations. Read how schools, parents, and communities are fighting back against bullying.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a Wisconsin's same-sex domestic partnership law does not violate the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, a ruling that comes amidst litigation challenging same-sex marriage bans in severa l states, including Wisconsin.
The State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial planning team is calling on attorneys, judges and experienced teachers and coaches from around the state to step up to the bench and volunteer to serve on a judging panel during the 2014 National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 9 and 10 in Madison.
Rhinelander High School captured its 17th high school mock trial state title yesterday after defeating Shorewood High School in a very close final round judged by six members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The team will now advance to the National High School Mock Trial Tournament, May 8-10 in Madison.
The clearest conclusion to be drawn from the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision in Rosecky v. Schissel, a surrogacy-agreement case, is that Wisconsin law concerning such agreements is still far from well-defined.
Want to refine your courtroom skills and delivery? Looking at procedure and performance from a different perspective, like that of a judge, can be very helpful, and the State Bar of Wisconsin has a perfect opportunity to do just that. You can take the bench while volunteering as a judge at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Madison from May 8 to 10.
After a strong start, the State Bar of Wisconsin's fundraising thermometer for the 2014 National Mock Trial Championship rests at $83,000, which is less than 50 percent of the necessary $200,000. Despite the stagnant funds, Wisconsin's National Mock Trial Executive Committee remains hopeful that they will reach their goal.