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Domestic Violence and Child Custody in Wisconsin

If you have children with an abusive partner and are contemplating divorce, legal separation or a paternity action, you probably have questions about whether a parent who was abusive to the other parent will still be able and…

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Parenting Solutions for High-Conflict Parties

If you are in the midst of a divorce or legal separation in Wisconsin, you already know that emotions can run high and that the process can be quite stressful, for parents and for children. After the divorce…

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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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