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David A. Kelm

Administrative Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights, Collection
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  10 Years

Steven Draper

Guardianships & Conservatorships, Elder Law, Business, Accident & Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  21 Years

Dawn Dee Behnke

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Adoption, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  23 Years

Randall W. Segatto

Family Law, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Divorce & Family Law, Elder Law, Corporate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  35 Years
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Sean Liles

Juvenile Law, Real Estate, Health Care Other, Child Custody
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  16 Years

Dawn Behnke

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Adoption, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  23 Years

Marcee Duvall

Divorce & Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody, Divorce
Status:  In Good Standing           

Kurt M. Koepke

Workers' Compensation, Child Custody, Property & Casualty, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           

Andrew Fisk

Child Custody, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  12 Years

Barry Owen Hines

Real Estate, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Child Custody
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  49 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD

A person who supports and maintains, in one household, one or more people who are closely related to him by blood, marriage or adoption. Under federal income ta... (more...)
A person who supports and maintains, in one household, one or more people who are closely related to him by blood, marriage or adoption. Under federal income tax law, you are eligible for favorable tax treatment as the head of household only if you are unmarried and you manage a household which is the principal residence (for more than half of the year) of dependent children or other dependent relatives. Under bankruptcy homestead and exemption laws, the terms householder and 'head of household' mean the same thing. Examples include a single woman supporting her disabled sister and her own children or a bachelor supporting his parents. Many states consider a single person supporting only himself to be a head of household as well.

MISREPRESENTATION

A lie by one spouse before marriage that provides grounds for an annulment. For example, if a spouse failed to mention that he was still married or was incapabl... (more...)
A lie by one spouse before marriage that provides grounds for an annulment. For example, if a spouse failed to mention that he was still married or was incapable of having children, he has misrepresented himself.

PETITIONER

A person who initiates a lawsuit. A synonym for plaintiff, used almost universally in some states and in others for certain types of lawsuits, most commonly div... (more...)
A person who initiates a lawsuit. A synonym for plaintiff, used almost universally in some states and in others for certain types of lawsuits, most commonly divorce and other family law cases.

BRIEF

A document used to submit a legal contention or argument to a court. A brief typically sets out the facts of the case and a party's argument as to why she shoul... (more...)
A document used to submit a legal contention or argument to a court. A brief typically sets out the facts of the case and a party's argument as to why she should prevail. These arguments must be supported by legal authority and precedent, such as statutes, regulations and previous court decisions. Although it is usually possible to submit a brief to a trial court (called a trial brief), briefs are most commonly used as a central part of the appeal process (an appellate brief). But don't be fooled by the name -- briefs are usually anything but brief, as pointed out by writer Franz Kafka, who defined a lawyer as 'a person who writes a 10,000 word decision and calls it a brief.'

IN CAMERA

Latin for 'in chambers.' A legal proceeding is 'in camera' when a hearing is held before the judge in her private chambers or when the public is excluded from t... (more...)
Latin for 'in chambers.' A legal proceeding is 'in camera' when a hearing is held before the judge in her private chambers or when the public is excluded from the courtroom. Proceedings are often held in camera to protect victims and witnesses from public exposure, especially if the victim or witness is a child. There is still, however, a record made of the proceeding, typically by a court stenographer. The judge may decide to seal this record if the material is extremely sensitive or likely to prejudice one side or the other.

ALIMONY

The money paid by one ex-spouse to the other for support under the terms of a court order or settlement agreement following a divorce. Except in marriages of lo... (more...)
The money paid by one ex-spouse to the other for support under the terms of a court order or settlement agreement following a divorce. Except in marriages of long duration (ten years or more) or in the case of an ailing spouse, alimony usually lasts for a set period, with the expectation that the recipient spouse will become self-supporting. Alimony is also called 'spousal support' or 'maintenance.'

PHYSICAL CUSTODY

The right and obligation of a parent to have his child live with him. Compare legal custody.

GUARDIAN

An adult who has been given the legal right by a court to control and care for a minor or her property. Someone who looks after a child's property is called a '... (more...)
An adult who has been given the legal right by a court to control and care for a minor or her property. Someone who looks after a child's property is called a 'guardian of the estate.' An adult who has legal authority to make personal decisions for the child, including responsibility for his physical, medical and educational needs, is called a 'guardian of the person.' Sometimes just one person will be named to take care of all these tasks. An individual appointed by a court to look after an incapacitated adult may also be known as a guardian, but is more frequently called a conservator.

SEPARATE PROPERTY

In community property states, property owned and controlled entirely by one spouse in a marriage. At divorce, separate property is not divided under the state's... (more...)
In community property states, property owned and controlled entirely by one spouse in a marriage. At divorce, separate property is not divided under the state's property division laws, but is kept by the spouse who owns it. Separate property includes all property that a spouse obtained before marriage, through inheritance or as a gift. It also includes any property that is traceable to separate property -- for example, cash from the sale of a vintage car owned by one spouse before marriage-and any property that the spouses agree is separate property. Compare community property and equitable distribution.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Sophia GL

... Judge Love did not respond. On September 13, 2006, Andrew filed a contest to registration of the Indiana child custody determination. ... It's anticipated under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act that Judges are supposed to talk to one another. ...

In re Custody of MCC

... 518, 544 NE2d 1293. It is clear, however, that physical custody is not determined based on physical possession of the child at time the custody petition is filed. ... 690, 491 NE2d 1150 (1986) (standing "should not turn on" who had the child when the custody petition was filed). ...

Smith v. Freeman

... 1072 In Sorenson, a petition for dissolution of marriage was at issue, including child custody. ... 640, 487 NE2d 84. Moreover, since the circuit court retains jurisdiction during the child's minority, this serves as an added protection in child custody cases. ...