The Wisconsin Court of Appeals today decided Peterson v. Bauer, http://www.wicourts.gov/ca/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=104582, a Wisconsin divorce case addressing a husband’s request to terminate military disability payments to his ex-spouse. Although the case will not be published, the ruling touches on several interesting issues that I will discuss in this and other posts. First, this case shows the pitfalls of […]
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 unfortunately remains great. I often work with DAIS by representing clients in divorce, restraining orders, and other family […]
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 that the husband became upset after finding a contraceptive, and assaulted the wife. In essence, his argument […]
Do I need a lawyer in Dane County family law case?
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 same is true in Sauk County, Columbia Count, and other surrounding counties. The judges lamented that not only […]
Decision on Wisconsin child custody and relocation
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 state cannot be restricted, even if the court believes that the move is not in the child’s […]
The intersection of divorce, child custody, McDonald’s, and psychiatry.
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 to believe there is something else going on here. It’s hard to imagine that a competent psychiatrist […]
“Aggressive” vs “assertive” Wisconsin family lawyer
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? I recently commented on a linkedin.com listserv http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=138155946&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile with the title of “Aggressive Lawyering is Counterproductive.” I agreed […]
Wisconsin family lawyer for help with child guardianship
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 lawyer, I assist clients obtain minor guardianships. I also help parents defend against them when they are […]
A new factor to consider in Wisconsin child custody disputes?
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 go to sleep before creeping stealthily to the candy bag and taking those yummy KitKats. http://www.candyusa.com/Resources/PRdetail.cfm?ItemNumber=5148&RDtoken=5700&userID=3542. How long […]