Archive: 2005

A Moving Case Against Removal Law

Published: Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

On November 9, 2005, the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill by vote of 57 to 38 vote that would substantially change Wisconsin’s removal law, greatly restricting a parent’s ability to move with a minor child.

Cooperative Divorce

Published: Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Although collaborative divorce has proven highly successful in certain cases, however, it has been a disaster in others. A new concept, cooperative divorce, is being developed as a settlement-based alternative to collaborative divorce.

Failure to Increase Martial Estate Differs from Dissipation of Assets

Published: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

In Noble v Noble, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals clarifies the line between dissipation and acceptable financial conduct.

Decision Makes Husband Enabler to Ex-Wife’s Alcoholism

Published: Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

A recent court of appeals decision, which is recommended for publication, contains a startling analogy: it compares alcoholism to cancer and diabetes. The case might effectively overrule a previous court of appeals decision that is frequently cited for the proposition that maintenance payors do not need to be enablers for an alcoholic ex-spouse.

Appellate Court Upholds Life Insurance Coverage

Published: Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

If the much-publicized case of Terri Schiavo wasn’t enough to make you reconsider the importance of good estate planning, a recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals case re-emphasizes that point.

Appellate Court Addresses Support Issues in Vlies

Published: Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

One grey area of family law was recently made black-and-white by a recent court of appeals decision. Another area, however, may have been made a shade grayer.

Father Seeks ‘Virtual Visitation’ With Daughter

Published: Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

After Michael Gough’s divorce in Utah, he found himself living 1,000 miles away from his four year old daughter. Not satisfied with simple telephone calls in between physical visitations, he sought a court order allowing “virtual visitation” through electronic communication.

Supreme Court Will Review Conflicting Custody Elements

Published: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision in Landwehr v. Landwehr is the first family law case on the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s September 2005 term docket.

Application of Chen to Other Cases Troubling

Published: Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

This is the second of two articles analyzing the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s highly important decision in Chen vs Warner. The first article discussed the holding of the court and the reasoning of the two dissenting opinions. This article analyzes the holding and discusses its possible implications.

“Voluntarily Leaving Employment Not Shirking’ Under the Circumstances’ “

Published: Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has issued its opinion in Chen v. Warner affirming the circuit court’s conclusion that a physician mother’s decision to quit her job after the divorce to stay home with the children, with which whom she had shared equal placement with the physician father, was not shirking.