Archive: July 2015

Confidentiality and Divorce

Published: Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The issue of confidentiality pits the interests of the parties who would like to keep their affairs private from the public interest in the openness of our legal system. My preference is for the former however, it is nice to have a legal system which is open and public.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Voids a Marriage

Published: Friday, July 17th, 2015

As expected, the Wisconsin Supreme Court found a way to void the marriage when it issued its decision yesterday in Laubenheimer v. McLeod.

Pet Prenup?

Published: Friday, July 17th, 2015

In addition to my previous stated ambivalence regarding prenups in general, a prenup regarding pets seems to me to be particularly silly.

Collaborative Divorce Numbers Down, Why?

Published: Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Despite extensive promotion, collaborative law filings remain a minuscule number of actual divorces cases. Here, the author speculates why that downward trend is continuing.

Judge Jailing Children

Published: Friday, July 10th, 2015

The problem with forced placement is that it focuses on the rights of the parent, rather than the best interests of the child. Why is putting the child in detention in his or her best interest?

Grandparent Visitation Case

Published: Thursday, July 9th, 2015

One of the most difficult and emotional issues in this field is grandparent visitation. Often, grandparents serve as surrogate parents and are very close to their grandchildren. Yesterday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court accepted review for the first time in a grandparent visitation case.

Domestic Violence and Custody

Published: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

This case, recommended for publication, involved a divorce in which the parties stipulated to joint legal custody despite prior DV incidents.