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    • May
      04
      2020
      Family Law Section Blog

      Family Finances under the CARES Act

      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.

    • April
      08
      2020
      Family Law Section Blog

      Practicing Family Law in the Time of Coronavirus

      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.

    • March
      09
      2020
      Family Law Section Blog

      Tips to Avoid Pitfalls in Divorce Agreements Requiring Children’s College Payments

      Marital settlement agreements requiring college expense coverage for children can prompt disputes years after the divorce. David Kowalski discusses basic law on parental obligations for adult children, and suggests language to clearly define all parties’ obligations for parents jointly assuming this obligation.

    • December
      04
      2019
      Family Law Section Blog

      Addressing Childhood Trauma as a Family Practice Lawyer

      Family lawyers trained to identify the effects of childhood trauma and compassion fatigue can better serve their clients. Lauren Otte discusses identifying and addressing the trauma experience of children and parents to mitigate the potential damage during custody and placement disputes.

    • October
      15
      2019
      Family Law Section Blog

      Ending the Cycle: A Push for Early Childhood Intervention for Intimate Partner Violence Exposure

      Exposure to domestic violence can have serious health effects for children, according to recent scientific studies. Tiffany Highstrom gives a broad overview of these studies on the link between early childhood exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) and children’s physical and health risks. “While exposure to IPV leaves no actual bruises, it has real effects on the health of the child. Research suggests that intervention can be effective in mitigating those effects,” she writes.

    • September
      16
      2019
      Family Law Section Blog

      Choosing a Family Law Process

      Adversarial, collaborative, cooperative, or mediation? Choosing the method in family law matters depends on your client’s situation. Margaret Hickey discusses what to consider when selecting an approach to resolving family law cases.

    • July
      25
      2019
      Family Law Section Blog

      Lis Pendens: Securing Client's Real Property Interests in Divorce

      When clients' names in a divorce are not on a real property deed, protect their marital interest with a lis pendens. Cassel McClure Villarreal discusses lis pendens, an effective tool in protecting your client’s real property interest in divorce.

    • June
      25
      2019
      Family Law Section Blog

      What Type of Service Is Required on a Contempt Motion?

      What type of personal service is required in Wisconsin when proceeding with a contempt motion in family law cases? David A. Karp discusses the relevant statutory provisions and case law.

    • April
      09
      2019
      Family Law Section Blog

      Using Third-party Decision-makers after Universal Processing

      The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently held that a circuit court judge who appointed a referee to resolve disputes delegated authority that he could not delegate. Margaret Hickey discusses the case and its implications when using third-party decision-makersin family law.

    • February
      13
      2019
      Family Law Section Blog

      Crime Victim Rights: Marsy's Law Comes to Wisconsin

      Advocates for Marsy’s Law – equal rights for crime victims as defendants – have introduced resolutions recently in the Wisconsin Legislature. Donna Ginzl talks about Marsy’s Law For All and what’s happening in Wisconsin.

    • December
      14
      2018
      Family Law Section Blog

      Brussels Sprouts, Pancakes, and Proof in Grandparent Visitation

      Recent Wisconsin Supreme Court oral arguments in Michels v. Lyons dissected the constitutionality of a grandparent visitation statute. Tiffany Highstrom and Sara Vanden Brook discuss the court’s recent oral arguments regarding the statute and cases involved.

    • November
      29
      2018
      Family Law Section Blog

      Immigration Matters in Divorce: The I-864 Affidavit of Support

      When you represent noncitizen clients, immigration issues may overlap with family law issues. Cassel Villarreal details one particular issue – the I-864 Affidavit for Support, where a citizen sponsor agrees to financially support their immigrating spouse – and how it comes to play in divorce.

    • October
      15
      2018
      Family Law Section Blog

      Family Law:
      It's the End of Maintenance as We Know It

      As of Jan. 1, 2019, maintenance payments will no longer be tax deductible to the payer or taxable income to the payee under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. But is it a cause for panic? David Karp examines the differences between taxable maintenance andnon-taxable maintenance under the Act.

    • December
      07
      2017
      Family Law Section Blog

      Family Lawyers: Are We Becoming Obsolete?

      The number of self-represented parties in family courts continues to rise. Susan Hansen discusses the issue and what family lawyers can do in response.

    • October
      05
      2017
      Family Law Section Blog

      Third Party Visitation: What Is Your Legal Burden?

      The legal framework in determining third-party visitation is different from the legal framework for awarding physical placement in a divorce or paternity action. Cassel Villarreal outlines an analysis for determining third-party visitation.

    • September
      05
      2017
      Family Law Section Blog

      There’s No Limit to the Practical Use of Limited Scope Representation

      For solo and small firms, limited scope representation is a milestone for efficient, cost-effective representation, and is exceptionally practical in family law settings. James Bock discusses this recently enacted rule and its potential application in family law matters.

    • August
      02
      2017
      Family Law Section Blog

      Lawyer-mediators Can Now Draft Agreements

      As of July 1, 2017, lawyers serving as mediators can draft, amend, and file legal documents for litigants going through a family law case. David Karp discusses this new amendment to the Supreme Court Rules and provides a sample acknowledgement that complies with the new amendment.

    • August
      01
      2017
      Family Law Section Blog

      Welcome to the Family Law Section Blog

      The new Family Law Section Blog will provide section members with valuable information concerning issues that are important to attorneys with a special interest in family law.

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