Do I need a lawyer in Dane County family law case?

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I attended a Dane County Family Law Group (DCFLAG) meeting today, at which local family judges estimated that 80% of the parties in Dane County family law cases (divorce, paternity, child support and custody,  etc.)  are not represented by lawyers.   I imagine the…

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Decision on Wisconsin child custody and relocation

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In Marriage of Derleth and Corova http://www.wicourts.gov/ca/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=103806, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently addressed a Wisconsin child custody dispute over a child’s relocation.  The Court decided that  a parent’s ability to move up to 150 miles away within the…

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The intersection of divorce, child custody, McDonald’s, and psychiatry.

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A father’s parental fitness has been called into question by a psychiatrist because he refused to take his child to McDonalds.  http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/how-saying-no-to-mcdonald-s-might-lead-to-dad-losing-custody-165611460.html   Though this case occurred in New York, it could easily have happened in Wisconsin. I have…

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“Aggressive” vs “assertive” Wisconsin family lawyer

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As a Wisconsin family lawyer, practicing widely in Dane County, Sauk County, and Columbia County, I view my role as solving the client’s problems.  Can those goals be accomplished by assertive vs. aggressive lawyering, and is there a difference?   …

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Wisconsin family lawyer for help with child guardianship

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A  guardianship grants non-parents certain rights to care for a child.   These usually include the right to make healthcare, travel, education, and financial decisions, as well as maintaining “care, custody, and control” of the minor.  As a Wisconsin family…

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A new factor to consider in Wisconsin child custody disputes?

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Could Wisconsin child custody disputes soon involve investigation into a child’s Halloween candy bag?  According to the National Confectioner’s Association, 81% of parents eat some of their children’s Halloween candy.   26% are sneaky enough to wait until their children…

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Can I make my spouse pay for my Wisconsin divorce lawyer?

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Yes,  but it is not guaranteed in a Wisconsin divorce.   Wisconsin law allows a judge to order one spouse to assist in paying the other’s attorney’s fees in family cases (divorce, child support, paternity, etc.).   This usually happens in one of…

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Should Wisconsin child support be reduced for high income payers?

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According to Wisconsin rules, a parent earning more than $84,000 pays 20-40% reduced child support.   Payers in what would probably be considered the middle class pay the full calculation.  Does this make public policy sense?  Is the obligation to support a child…

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Pets as “property” in a Wisconsin divorce?

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Pets are treated as property in Wisconsin divorce cases.  However, research continues to demonstrate that at least some animals have more complex emotions and intelligence.  A recent study found that dogs may have emotions similar to humans http://news.yahoo.com/scans-reveal-striking-similarity-between-human-canine-minds-162147298.html.  …

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Wisconsin divorce compensation to wife for failure to have sex?

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I ran across this article recently, http://divorce.com/mandatory-sex/, and found the contrast between Wisconsin divorce law and French law amusing.  There is no possible way this ruling could ever happen in a Wisconsin divorce.  First, Wisconsin follows the “no…

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