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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 […]

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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 […]

Posted inChild custody

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 […]

Posted inLegal fees

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

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 three instances:  (1) when one spouse has access to greater assets or income than the other; (2) […]

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Should Wisconsin child support be reduced for high income payers?

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 somehow different for wealthy parents?    Under this system, the child of a high-earning parent is deprived of income that he/she could […]

Pets as “property” in a Wisconsin divorce?

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.   As a dog owner myself, this is not really surprising.  However, those feelings are increasingly supported by scientific […]

Wisconsin divorce compensation to wife for failure to have sex?

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 fault” divorce rule.  But perhaps most interesting to me was how one would place a value on […]

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Important notice regarding Badgercare changes for 2014

Due to the new federal health care law (the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare), Badgercare’s income limits will change effective 1/1/14.   If you or your children receive health insurance through Badgercare, you should already have received several letters regarding these changes. You can find this information at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/em/CustomerHelp/bcpletters.htm    The same is true of Wisconsin’s Health Insurance Risk-Sharing […]

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