Madison Divorce Lawyer, Wisconsin


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Holly J. Slota

Wills, Collaborative Law, Family Law, Divorce
Status:  In Good Standing           

Christopher S. Krimmer

Wills, Family Law, Divorce, Civil Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           

Alison TenBruggencate

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Collaborative Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Joel Winnig

Farms, Family Law, Divorce, Child Support
Status:  In Good Standing           
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Steven A. Bach

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Collaborative Law, Divorce
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  47 Years

Walter R. Stewart

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Business Successions, Business Organization
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  39 Years

David Mandell

Traffic, Wills, Family Law, Divorce
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  44 Years

Anthony J. Menting

Divorce, Child Support, Child Custody, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  28 Years

Lynn J. Bodi

Farms, Family Law, Divorce, Adoption
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  34 Years

Daniel Droege

Divorce, Family Law, Child Support, Adoption
Status:  In Good Standing           

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LEGAL TERMS

SHARED CUSTODY

See joint custody.

COMPLAINT

Papers filed with a court clerk by the plaintiff to initiate a lawsuit by setting out facts and legal claims (usually called causes of action). In some states a... (more...)
Papers filed with a court clerk by the plaintiff to initiate a lawsuit by setting out facts and legal claims (usually called causes of action). In some states and in some types of legal actions, such as divorce, complaints are called petitions and the person filing is called the petitioner. To complete the initial stage of a lawsuit, the plaintiff's complaint must be served on the defendant, who then has the opportunity to respond by filing an answer. In practice, few lawyers prepare complaints from scratch. Instead they use -- and sometimes modify -- pre-drafted complaints widely available in form books.

CHILD

(1) A son or daughter of any age, sometimes including biological offspring, unborn children, adopted children, stepchildren, foster children and children born o... (more...)
(1) A son or daughter of any age, sometimes including biological offspring, unborn children, adopted children, stepchildren, foster children and children born outside of marriage. (2) A person under an age specified by law, often 14 or 16. For example, state law may require a person to be over the age of 14 to make a valid will, or may define the crime of statutory rape as sex with a person under the age of 16. In this sense, a child can be distinguished from a minor, who is a person under the age of 18 in most states. A person below the specified legal age who is married is often considered an adult rather than a child. See also emancipation.

FITNESS

The ability of a prospective adoptive parent to provide for the best interests of a child. A court may consider many aspects of the prospective parents' lives i... (more...)
The ability of a prospective adoptive parent to provide for the best interests of a child. A court may consider many aspects of the prospective parents' lives in evaluating their fitness to adopt a child, including financial stability, marital stability, career obligations, other children, physical and mental health and criminal history.

ABANDONMENT (OF A CHILD)

A parent's failure to provide any financial assistance to or communicate with his or her child over a period of time. When this happens, a court may deem the ch... (more...)
A parent's failure to provide any financial assistance to or communicate with his or her child over a period of time. When this happens, a court may deem the child abandoned by that parent and order that person's parental rights terminated. Abandonment also describes situations in which a child is physically abandoned -- for example, left on a doorstep, delivered to a hospital or put in a trash can. Physically abandoned children are usually placed in orphanages and made available for adoption.

INCOMPATIBILITY

A conflict in personalities that makes married life together impossible. In a number of states, incompatibility is the accepted reason for a no-fault divorce. C... (more...)
A conflict in personalities that makes married life together impossible. In a number of states, incompatibility is the accepted reason for a no-fault divorce. Compare irreconcilable differences; irremediable breakdown.

GUARDIANSHIP

A legal relationship created by a court between a guardian and his ward--either a minor child or an incapacitated adult. The guardian has a legal right and duty... (more...)
A legal relationship created by a court between a guardian and his ward--either a minor child or an incapacitated adult. The guardian has a legal right and duty to care for the ward. This may involve making personal decisions on his or her behalf, managing property or both. Guardianships of incapacitated adults are more typically called conservatorships .

PALIMONY

A non-legal term coined by journalists to describe the division of property or alimony-like support given by one member of an unmarried couple to the other afte... (more...)
A non-legal term coined by journalists to describe the division of property or alimony-like support given by one member of an unmarried couple to the other after they break up.

CONSUMMATION

The actualization of a marriage. Sexual intercourse is required to 'consummate' a marriage. Failure to do so is grounds for divorce or annulment.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

IN THE MATTER OF DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS AGAINST WOODS v. Woods

... We review the report of the referee, John Murphy, recommending the court suspend Attorney Terrence Woods' license to practice law for a period of ninety (90) days for professional misconduct committed in the context of a bankruptcy proceeding and a divorce proceeding. ...

MATTER OF DISCIPLINIARY PROCEEDINGS AGAINST GAMINO

... 5 On or about April 20, 2004, Attorney Gamiño met with NB and EB to discuss helping them finalize their divorce action that had then been pending for about seven months. ... Attorney Gamiño did not inform NB that the divorce action had been dismissed. ...

IN RE MARRIAGE OF STEINMANN

... unpublished court of appeals opinion [1] affirming a circuit court decision for Walworth County by the Honorable Michael S. Gibbs that awarded maintenance from Rose Steinmann (Rose) to Tony Steinmann (Tony) and divided the Steinmanns' property in a divorce proceeding. ...