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    Sep. 15, 2021
    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently determined the Indian Child Welfare Act to be overall constitutional, although it struck down certain provisions. Bailey Holt provides an overview of the act, and discusses the case and its implications.
    Sep. 03, 2021
    While family law attorneys have access to discovery tools like basic interrogatories and requests for documents that are commonly used by civil litigators, there are other tools out there that can bolster a case. Jeff Raymond outlines the pros and cons ofthree tools typically underemployed in family law litigation.
    Jul. 23, 2021
    The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families recently promoted a new child welfare initiative that focuses on prevention and keeping families together. Azucena C. Guizar discusses the need to reach out to immigrant families in particular.
    Jul. 23, 2021
    The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families recently promoted a new child welfare initiative that focuses on prevention and keeping families together. Azucena C. Guizar discusses the need to reach out to immigrant families in particular.
    Jul. 21, 2021
    Registration is open for the 40th Annual Family Law Workshop. This year's event on Aug. 5 and 6 will be held virtually, and features the latest issues in the family law.
    Jul. 21, 2021
    After a client's divorce, can I represent that client in an estate planning matter if I previously represented both former spouses together on an estate plan?
    Jul. 21, 2021
    Registration is open for the 40th Annual Family Law Workshop. This year's event on Aug. 5 and 6 will be held virtually, and features the latest issues in the family law.
    Jul. 21, 2021
    After a client's divorce, can I represent that client in an estate planning matter if I previously represented both former spouses together on an estate plan?
    Jul. 19, 2021
    Is it time to reassess the Adoption and Safe Families Act requirement for termination of parental rights once a child has reached a total of 15 months in foster care? Lisa-Marie Line discusses the time limit and reasons why it may not be long enough to allow family reunification.
    Jul. 08, 2021
    The family cabin is often one of the family’s most cherished assets, and protecting it from devastating long-term care costs requires advance planning. Corinna Martell discusses the benefits of using a family LLC to protect family property.
    Jun. 17, 2021
    While governed by uniform guidelines, the practice of child welfare law varies from county to county across Wisconsin. Michael Puerner discusses the role of Judicial Engagement Teams: to bring together teams of community stakeholders to identify best practices and implement positive changes in child welfare cases.
    Jun. 15, 2021
    When parties change their mind about going through with a pending divorce or legal separation, they must file a voluntary dismissal. David Karp talks about the two different ways that a family law action may be dismissed.
    Jun. 03, 2021
    Legislation to reorganize Wis. Admin. Code ch. DCF 150 and eliminate new family support orders will become effective this year. Jill Mueller explains the changes to DCF 150 that make the shared placement calculation the primary method of calculating support.
    Jun. 02, 2021
    Don't miss the 40th Annual Family Law Section Workshop, which will take place virtually, August 5-6, 2021.
    May 14, 2021
    In the Hmong community, clan leaders participate in the mediation of divorce cases. Chue Xiong discusses the importance of clan mediation, and why it is important that attorneys participate.
    May 14, 2021
    Joint accounts at financial institutions might be used to transfer assets at death in ways that account creators did not intend. Learn how to determine whether a joint account holder interfered with a decedent's estate planning goals by inappropriate use of the joint account.
    May 05, 2021
    As a lifetime commitment, adopting a child in the U.S. requires an attorney experienced in adoption law to guide a client through the lengthy adoption process. This guide is a quick introduction to available online adoption resources.
    Apr. 30, 2021
    In determining whether to order third-party visitation, a court must analyze the visitation request based upon the child’s best interest, giving special deference to a fit parent’s determinations as to what visitation is appropriate.Wisconsin Legislative Council Information Memorandum.
    Apr. 13, 2021
    Elisabeth Stockbridge discusses efforts to address racial disparities and incarceration among emerging adults in Wisconsin.
    Mar. 09, 2021
    Finding mentors is a critical part of starting a new attorney’s career. Tiara Oates offers tips on how to locate mentors and on nurturing the mentor/mentee relationship.
    Feb. 15, 2021
    There is no right to equal periods of placement when considering child custody agreements, writes Mark Fremgen. Each situation is different, and placement agreements should involve all relevant facts when deciding the best interests of the child.
    Jan. 22, 2021
    De novo hearings allow a brand-new hearing on issues decided by court commissioners, and are a useful tool in representing previously pro-se clients. Lauren Otte discusses de novo hearing procedure and how to use these hearings to benefit your clients.
    Jan. 11, 2021
    Many children are raised by someone other than a parent either temporarily or permanently. A new law clarifies and improves the minor-guardianship process.
    Dec. 10, 2020
    In this era of doing more with less, triaging family cases could benefit Wisconsin family courts, parties, and lawyers by using scarce resources more efficiently. Paul Stenzel discusses how triage, or differentiated case management, could fit into family court systems.
    Nov. 18, 2020
    Important keys to a successful mediation: Maintaining neutrality and keeping in check the emotions of the participants – including the mediator. Judy O’Connell discusses ways to stay neutral and create calm in the mediation process.
    Nov. 18, 2020
    Safe at Home, Wisconsin’s address confidentiality program, can be a necessary tool to protect the privacy of clients who are victims of domestic abuse. Jeff Raymond details properly serving pleadings to a party enrolled in the program – which is crucial to keeping practitioners out of hot water.
    Nov. 10, 2020
    Settlements allow creativity in developing a case-specific plan, but not all settlement negotiations are equivalent. The authors recently conducted a survey to learn more about factors that promote successful settlements. One key finding is that negotiators' skills matter.
    Oct. 16, 2020
    Early neutral evaluation is an available and alternative option for resolving civil cases quickly and efficiently. Marta Meyers discusses the issue, saying that it may be time to attempt early neutral evaluation more earnestly and more often in Wisconsin.
    Oct. 13, 2020
    In Wisconsin, there is a 120-day waiting period before a Judgment of Divorce can be issued. Family Court Comm. Mark G. Schroeder discusses why it may be time for that waiting period to go.
    Sep. 25, 2020
    Section 767.59 greatly limits the trial court's authority to modify maintenance payments or arrears accrued prior to the filing of a motion. David Karp explores other remedies that may be available to cure maintenance arrearages.
    Sep. 16, 2020
    In fees involving family law cases, a lawyer may request that the court grant a judgment for fees. How does this judgment intersect with the requirement to participate in fee arbitration on a client's request?
    Aug. 19, 2020
    A succession plan for a business is an often overlooked, yet essential area of business law. Maureen O’Leary gives tips on setting up a successful plan and getting clients to look ahead.
    Aug. 05, 2020
    Chronic and persistent adversity impacts development in children as they grow into adults. Melissa Ivens discusses adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and reviews strategies that facilitate healthy development in children.
    Jul. 22, 2020
    Administrative paternity, a fourth way to determine paternity in Wisconsin, begins Aug. 1, 2020. Jill Mueller discusses the logistics of administrative paternity and why this new option is important for parents and children.
    Jul. 10, 2020
    A new private minor guardianship law takes effect Aug. 1, 2020. In this second part of a two-part series, Courtney Roelandts provides tips and suggestions on how to prepare for a smooth transition.
    Jul. 07, 2020
    What happens when the opposing party in a divorce action evades a Summons and Petition or simply cannot be located? Lauren Otte discusses the required steps to secure service and personal jurisdiction in these circumstances.
    Jun. 25, 2020
    In a case of first impression, the Wisconsin Supreme Court majority (4-3) ruled that a judge violated a litigant’s due process rights by accepting a Facebook “friend” request from a litigant in a pending child custody case.
    Jun. 16, 2020
    A new private minor guardianship law takes effect Aug. 1, 2020. In this first of a two-part series on the new Wis. Stat. chapter 48, Beth Lauck provides a background of private minor guardianships and an overview of the changes under the new law.
    Jun. 03, 2020
    Carol Wessels and Michelle Putz discuss how more vulnerable people needing care and fewer people to provide it will affect the future of assisted living.
    May 18, 2020
    Court appearances via Zoom, live U.S. Supreme Court hearings, and improvements in court procedures. Gregg Herman discusses a few of the good things to come out of the coronavirus pandemic.
    May 04, 2020
    Among the new rules implemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) are Economic Impact Payments (EIP) and changes in retirement distributions and withdrawals. Tiffany Highstrom discusses what attorneys should know about the CARES Act and offers advice on guiding clients through this uncertain time.
    May 01, 2020
    The SECURE Act, enacted in late 2019, made significant changes to treatment of certain retirement accounts. Lawyers should become familiar with the Act now so as to advise clients to make appropriate changes to retirement and estate plans.
    May 01, 2020
    Ben Wright interviews elder law practitioners about their work, the challenges and rewards of their chosen focus area, and their tips for getting started in the field.
    Apr. 20, 2020
    Establishing a constructive trust could be a remedy to hold life insurance proceeds for a decedent’s minor children, a Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled, but the circuit court must first examine the relevant facts to make that decision.
    Apr. 16, 2020
    All in-person proceedings in appellate and circuit courts are suspended until further notice under a recent Wisconsin Supreme Court order, which also clarifies that judges may waive in-person requirements otherwise required in juvenile matters.
    Apr. 15, 2020
    In this article, mediator and former Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Richard Sankovitz provides tips on conducting mediations remotely.
    Apr. 10, 2020
    With a virtual shutdown in Wisconsin courts due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), people are left to wonder what this will mean in their pending family law cases.
    Apr. 08, 2020
    The practice of family law in Wisconsin has changed drastically in the past month. Margaret Hickey gives a few tips on dealing with these changes, and where to find resources to help you manage your practice.
    Apr. 07, 2020
    Lawyers can help older individuals and their families by advising on selection of a long-term care facility and encouraging residents and family members to monitor the quality of care received in facilities.
    Mar. 26, 2020
    Lynn Lodahl of Hawks Quindel S.C. notes that many divorced and separated parents in Wisconsin are wondering how this affects their custody and placement orders.

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