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    Sep. 03, 2021
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Jun. 15, 2021
    Family Law Section Blog

    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
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    May 14, 2021
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Apr. 30, 2021
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Mar. 09, 2021
    Family Law Section Blog

    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
    Family Law Section Blog

    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
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Dec. 10, 2020
    Family Law Section Blog

    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
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Oct. 13, 2020
    Family Law Section Blog

    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
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Jul. 22, 2020
    Family Law Section Blog

    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. 07, 2020
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    May 04, 2020
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Apr. 08, 2020
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Mar. 09, 2020
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Feb. 03, 2020
    Family Law Section Blog

    A newly passed Wisconsin bill creates a new presumption of paternity in Wisconsin through genetic testing. Donna Ginzl discusses the details of Senate Bill 158 and how it changes paternity determination in the state.

    Dec. 04, 2019
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Oct. 15, 2019
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Sep. 16, 2019
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Aug. 20, 2019
    Family Law Section Blog

    When should post-filing debts be considered when establishing a balancing payment in divorce? David Kowalski discusses issues raised by a recent case.

    Jul. 25, 2019
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Jun. 25, 2019
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Jun. 10, 2019
    Family Law Section Blog

    ERISA vs. FSPA – what’s the difference? It’s a vital consideration for divorce practitioners, says James C. W. Bock. Find out what they are, and why the FSPA and the Survivor Benefit Plan statutes matter in family law.

    Apr. 29, 2019
    Family Law Section Blog

    A Legislative Council Study Committee recently proposed changes to child placement and support laws in Wisconsin. Tiffany Highstrom reviews the committee’s proposals and their potential impact on family law.

    Apr. 09, 2019
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Feb. 13, 2019
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Dec. 14, 2018
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Nov. 29, 2018
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Oct. 15, 2018
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Sep. 20, 2018
    Family Law Section Blog

    May parties stipulate to a lower standard for modification of custody and placement in the initial years following a judgment? James C.W. Bock explores case law and legislative intent involving the “best interest of the child” custodial standard.

    Jul. 11, 2018
    Family Law Section Blog

    The Wisconsin Legislature recently made significant changes to the law that governs when one divorced parent seeks to relocate far the child’s other parent. Tiffany Highstrom details the new procedures and standards applicable under the Act.

    Jun. 28, 2018
    Family Law Section Blog

    On Jan. 1, 2019, child support maintenance is no longer deductible in divorce. Gregg Herman discusses the issue, and what it means for families undergoing divorce – and who will be paying the price.

    May 31, 2018
    Family Law Section Blog

    Dividing retirement accounts during a divorce is not a straight-forward process. To avoid post-divorce litigation, it is vital to do the proper work on the front end, says David Kowalski.

    May 01, 2018
    Family Law Section Blog

    Recently published legislation requires attorneys to add their name and state bar number when drafting pleadings for otherwise self-represented litigants. Donna Ginzl discusses changes in Wisconsin Act 317.

    Apr. 04, 2018
    Family Law Section Blog

    There is validity in the moral principle that as a society we have a responsibility to ensure the protection of our most vulnerable members of the society, writes Mark Fremgen.

    Mar. 05, 2018
    Family Law Section Blog

    With many family law litigants going without counsel, we need to be relevant to assist clients and add value to the divorce process, writes Margaret Hickey. One way to do that: Knowledge of elder law.

    Feb. 01, 2018
    Family Law Section Blog

    The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act imposes sweeping changes in the tax code. Some of the most dramatic changes will affect taxpayers going through a divorce. David Karp discusses the changes that family law attorneys should be aware of.

    Jan. 09, 2018
    Family Law Section Blog

    The Family Law Section proposed two pieces of legislation to address practice issues in family law. Cassel Villarreal discusses the two bills, detailing the proposed changes in existing law.

    Dec. 07, 2017
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Nov. 06, 2017
    Family Law Section Blog

    Wisconsin Department of Children and Families recently proposed to Chapter 150 Child Support Percentage of Income Standard. Tiffany Highstrom discusses the proposed changes which, if implemented, will impact how child support functions in Wisconsin.

    Oct. 05, 2017
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Sep. 05, 2017
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Aug. 02, 2017
    Family Law Section Blog

    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.

    Aug. 01, 2017
    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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