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Restraining Orders in Wisconsin

Making the decision to end an unhealthy relationship is always difficult. Whether you are navigating a divorce, legal separation or a break-up, transitions out of a troubled relationship are periods of high stress, high emotion and risk. If…

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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 domestic violence restraining order standards

The standard of proof to obtain a domestic violence restraining order is actually rather low. The victim must prove that there are “reasonable grounds” to believe that the accused committed domestic violence or, based on previous conduct, may…

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Wisconsin domestic violence questions

With the recent heavy attention given to domestic violence issues, I wanted to highlight a few common questions related to Wisconsin domestic violence cases. 1.  How do I get a restraining order? There are two types of restraining orders:  domestic…

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Dane County restraining order for children

Obtaining a Dane County restraining order for a child is rather rare.  It is usually related to cases of mistreatment by a parent or relative.   However, a growing portion of restraining orders for children are related to bullying.  This link:…

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Dane County restraining order notices

Domestic abuse victims who have a Dane County restraining order can now receive notice from the Dane County Sheriff when the order has been served on the defendant.    http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/notifications-now-available-for-those-who-obtained-restraining-orders/article_f7328502-7efe-5a94-a5b6-e70d59244297.html

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Support Dane County domestic violence victims

Dane County Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) is an organization devoted to supporting and assisting Dane County domestic violence victims.  DAIS is well-known in Madison and throughout Dane County.  However, the need for services for domestic violence victims…

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Wisconsin rejects “context” argument in domestic violence case

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Wendorf v. Wendorf 12AP269 http://www.wicourts.gov/ca/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=103966 , though not formally published, is notable for the Court’s refusal to accept the wife’s alleged extramarital affair as a “context” for domestic violence.  It appears…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

As mentioned in a previous blog, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   In my practice, I work with Dane County domestic violence victims not only while their case is pending, but in some instances, for many months prior.   Long-term physical,…

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic violence unfortunately remains amazingly prevalent in our society. Estimates consistently indicate that between 25-30% of women experience domestic violence at some point in their lives.  In Wisconsin alone, 48 domestic violence victims were killed in 2013.  Anyone who has spent…

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