Archive: 2000

Custody and Placement Revisions Still Soaking In

Published: Wednesday, November 29th, 2000

So, one year later, what has been the effect of the state’s massive revisions in custody and placement laws?

When Must a Couple Get Court Approval For an Agreement?

Published: Wednesday, November 1st, 2000

When a divorce is looming, but not yet filed, at what point must the husband and wife get court approval for family law agreements?

10 Commandments of Divorce Settlement Negotiations

Published: Wednesday, November 1st, 2000

In few other areas of law do the parties to a lawsuit share as intimate a knowledge of each other as do those in a divorce case. In addition, in few other areas of law will the parties have an ongoing relationship with each other after the lawsuit is completed.

Discovery in Family Law Cases

Published: Sunday, October 1st, 2000

In personal injury cases, the use of formal discovery is routine. Failure to do so may, in fact, be negligence. But, family law is not personal injury law. In fact, in many – if not most, family law cases, doing formal discovery may be malpractice.

The Barry Bonds Divorce Case

Published: Wednesday, September 20th, 2000

In Bonds v. Bonds, the California Supreme Court held that the failure of a spouse to secure independent legal representation during negotiations with the spouse who was promoting entry into a prenuptial agreement does not, per se, invalidate the agreement at the time of divorce.

The Shared-Time Payer and Variable Costs

Published: Wednesday, September 6th, 2000

In Randall v. Randall, when a court applies the shared-time formula for child support, it is also required to order the parties to share the variable costs for the children in the same proportion in which they share the children.

Washington Opens The Floodgates

Published: Tuesday, August 1st, 2000

As a result of June 7, 2000, a Supreme Court of Wisconsin case, Washington v. Washington, 2000 WI 47, trial courts now have the power to grant relief, even years after the judgment.

Equity and Professional Degrees

Published: Wednesday, April 5th, 2000

On February 22, 2000, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin granted review of the court of appeals decision in Meyer v. Meyer, which involves the treatment of professional degrees under Wisconsin family law.

Clinton v. Clinton: The Divorce Scenario

Published: Saturday, April 1st, 2000

Pretend for a minute that Hillary was not as accepting of Bill’s infidelity as she appeared to be. What issues would arise in the divorce case of Clinton v. Clinton?

Removal After Kerkvliet

Published: Saturday, April 1st, 2000

Removal law has been gradually changing over the years, in an continuing effort to balance the rights of one parent to move and the other parent to have a continuing relationship with the children.