Archive: 1999

Marital Agreements

Published: Wednesday, October 13th, 1999

In family law, there are agreements and there are agreements. Some are merely recommendations to the court, while others are binding on the parties. The distinction is exemplified in three relatively recent court of appeals decisions.

Is There Anything Funny About Divorce?

Published: Wednesday, September 1st, 1999

Is there anything funny about divorce? The answer is clearly “no”. Divorce involves loss: Loss of a spouse, loss of income, loss of property. But, use of humor is different that “being funny.”

Modification of Maintenance: Rulings Raise Questions About Court’s Intent

Published: Wednesday, August 25th, 1999

A recent case, decided twice by the court of appeals, raises significant questions about maintenance modification law Wisconsin.

Stock Options in Divorce

Published: Thursday, July 1st, 1999

Stock options are a true “win-win” scenario for businesses and their executives. They only cost the business money if the company appreciates in value. For the employee, contrary to the normal rule of investing that the “greater the return, the greater the risk which must be run,” for stock options, there is a possibility of […]

Guardians ad Litem Essential in Family Court

Published: Thursday, April 29th, 1999

The importance of the GAL’s role in family court cannot be overstated. The court, knowing that the GAL is entrusted to do an appropriate investigation, relies heavily on the GAL’s recommendation.