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When a Paternity Adjudication May Not Be in Child’s Best Interest

A new statute has established that a paternity adjudication may not always be in the best interest of the child, even if genetic testing has already occurred. As noted in our January 2015 blog (found here: https://kwvfamilylaw.com/wisconsin-paternity-update/), Wis. Stat. §767.863(1m) provides, “In an action to establish the paternity of a child who was born to […]

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What counts the gross income available for child support in Wisconsin?

In order to calculate the support obligation, the court must first determine a parent’s monthly income available for support. According to Administrative Rule DCF 150, the monthly income available for support is based on the parent’s gross monthly income, from all sources including: wages, salaries, earnings, tips, interest, capital gains, commissions, and bonuses, worker’s compensation […]

Harassment vs Domestic Abuse Charges

In Wisconsin, you may file two different types of orders/injunctions: harassment, or domestic abuse. There are numerous differences between the two charges. However, the largest difference between a harassment injunction and a domestic violence injunction is the individual who is being accused. If the individual does not live in your home and they are not […]

Legal Custody in Wisconsin

How does Wisconsin law define “legal custody”? If you have legal custody of your child in Wisconsin, this means you have the authority to make major decisions on their behalf. According to Wisconsin law, major decisions include “decisions regarding consent to marry, consent to enter military service, consent to obtain a motor vehicle operator’s license, […]

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