Archive: 2007

Appellate Court Reverses Maintenance Decision in Wright

Published: Monday, December 31st, 2007

On December 4, 2007, the District I Court of Appeals issued their opinion in Wright v. Wright. The decision, ordering the trial court to consider income from all sources in determining the maintenance calculation.

Wright: A Troubling Maintenance Ruling

Published: Monday, December 31st, 2007

The following series of articles, which originally ran in Wisconsin Law Journal, discusses the court’s holding in Wright v. Wright and its possible ramifications on property division and spousal maintenance.

Family Law Attorney Provides Fresh Frisch Observations

Published: Monday, September 10th, 2007

This is the second of two articles discussing the recent state Supreme Court opinion in Frisch v. Henrichs, 2007 WI 102, which reversed the published decision of the District II Court of Appeals concerning the remedial contempt powers of the circuit courts.

Court Upholds Contempt for Failure to Provide Info

Published: Monday, September 3rd, 2007

May a circuit court use its remedial contempt powers to craft a remedy, where a party fails to provide tax returns and income information in a timely manner as required under statute, a divorce judgement, and a court order, but then the party produces the information just before the contempt hearing? The Wisconsin Supreme Court says “Yes.”

Child Representation in a Perfect World

Published: Monday, August 6th, 2007

What would the role of a child’s representative be in a perfect world?

What’s the Proper Role of the Attorney Serving as GAL?

Published: Monday, July 30th, 2007

Much ink has been spilled over the GAL’s role, and much real and virtual debate has taken place. This article offers a discussion on the roles of lawyers for children other than the role prescribed in Wisconsin.

Representing the Child’s Best Interest, Not the Child

Published: Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Usually, a lawyer represents a client. In Wisconsin, on the other hand, a GAL represents the “concept” of the best interests of the child.

Representing Children in Family Law Cases

Published: Monday, July 16th, 2007

Although the role of a guardian ad litem, or GAL, is settled in Wisconsin, the issue is highly contentious elsewhere. The dispute illustrates that, while the GAL role in Wisconsin is not perfect, it is better than most other alternatives.

Representing Children in Family Law Cases:
A Series on GALs in Wisconsin

Published: Monday, July 16th, 2007

This series of articles, written by Atty. Gregg Herman and published in the Wisconsin Law Journal, examines the role of the lawyers for children in family law cases.

Dishonoring Honore

Published: Sunday, July 1st, 2007

The specter of never-ending litigation is a frightening one in any area of law. Where children are involved, it is even scarier.