Sept. 16, 2015 – The number of Americans choosing to cohabitate instead of marry is at an all-time high for every age group. While Wisconsin does not recognize common law marriage, these “de facto marriages” often mimic traditional divorce cases when cohabitation relationships end.
Sept. 16, 2015 – Today, the trend is to settle – rather than litigate – family law cases. While settling is important, how the case is settled is just as important. Here are some resources to help you gain the skills to effectively negotiate a settlement.
No matter the number of beneficiaries or the size of the estate, family feuds about inheritances can result in permanent estrangement. Mediation is a cost-effective, efficient mechanism to resolve such disputes and mend and even strengthen formerly broken ties.
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 are 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.