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Guardians ad Litem and Custody Studies

In the state of Wisconsin, when parents cannot reach an agreement on custody and placement of their child, the court will appoint a Guardian ad Litem to the case. The Guardian ad Litem, or GAL, is a family…

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Discovery in Wisconsin Family Actions

If you are involved in a Wisconsin divorce, paternity action, or a dispute about legal custody, physical placement and support of a minor child, you have probably heard about the discovery process. A party to a Wisconsin family…

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Legal Custody

Misconceptions exist, as to what legal custody of a child is and means. Many times, in a divorce or paternity proceeding, a parent will come into the divorce or paternity process asking for “full custody.”  There is no…

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Establishing Paternity

When the parents of a child are unmarried, it would be beneficial for the father to establish legal paternity. If paternity is not legally established, the mother has sole custody and placement of the child, and the father…

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Removal of a Child Out of State

Parents with shared physical placement of their children, should keep in mind the laws establishing requirements of notice. Wisconsin Statute 767.481 provides rules concerning how to give proper notice in cases in which a parent wishes to move…

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Domestic Violence and Custody Determinations

For initial determinations of custody in a divorce, Wisconsin law states that the court must presume that it is in the best interests of a child for the child’s parents to have joint legal custody, or decision-making power….

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Wisconsin child support modification

A Wisconsin child support modification is possible if there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the most recent order. If you and your child’s other parent cannot agree that the child support order should be changed, the…

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Wisconsin unmarried fathers rights

Wisconsin unmarried fathers rights are not automatic in every case.  If the father and mother are married, the husband is presumed to be the father.   However, unmarried  fathers have no rights until they obtain a court paternity order.   Being named on the child’s birth certificate…

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Wisconsin fathers rights

Wisconsin fathers rights is a constant topic in child custody divorce and paternity cases.   The attached article is certainly food for thought. http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2014/05/men_s_rights_recognized_the_pro_father_evolution_of_divorce_and_paternity.html The article makes several good points, strangely enough until the last paragraph.  Despite accurate information…

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What is Wisconsin legal custody?

Parents often  confuse the concepts of Wisconsin legal custody with physical placement.    In Wisconsin, however, these two terms have very different meanings.  “Legal custody” allows a parent to make major decisions for a child, such as heath care, school and religious…

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