Archives: Articles By Gregg Herman

THE GATES DIVORCE: Proof, if any were needed, that money doesn’t equal happiness

Published: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

The most discussed divorce case in social media today is the one recently filed by Bill and Melinda Gates. Although certainly not a typical divorce case, a few comments seem warranted, perhaps because of its unusual quality.

CONTINGENT PLACEMENT: New law helps to rectify old misstep but doesn’t go far enough

Published: Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

A number of years ago, I dedicated a column in Wisconsin Law Journal to what I called “silly” laws in the field of family law. It was called “State needs to divorce itself from these family law rules,” and appeared in the July 2012 edition.

COURTS AND TECHNOLOGY: Greater embrace of innovation proves pandemic hasn’t been all bad

Published: Friday, April 30th, 2021

My dear late mother used to say: It takes an awfully ill wind not to blow some good.

RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL: Why attempts to minimize time with third-party caretakers might not always be in children’s best interests

Published: Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Some things sound better on paper than they turn out to be in real life.

LET’S STAY TOGETHER: Keeping a marriage intact in the time of COVID-19

Published: Monday, March 1st, 2021

At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, the prevailing “wisdom” was that divorce filings would substantially increase. Actually, the opposite occurred.

LOOKING BACK ON A TOUGH YEAR: Appeals court doesn’t always hit mark with family law cases

Published: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

Last month, I took a look at the Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions in family law in the past year.

Proud of our courts

Published: Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Although most of my columns on family law criticize courts (it’s more entertaining than praising them), I am going to start my new project by praising our legal system. Although, for the most part, during the interim between the election and inauguration most politicians have looked disingenuous (and that’s a mild term), the courts almost uniformly have not.

Settlement Negotiation Techniques in Family Law 2nd Edition

Published: Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

The American Bar Association Family Law Section has just published a second edition of my book, “Settlement Negotiation Techniques in Family Law”.

Court Didn’t Distinguish Itself with Family Law In 2020

Published: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

There’s no way I’m going to review 2020 in general as it would require expletives not allowed in this publication. So instead, I’ll limit my review to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which issued two opinions concerning family law this year – and has one case pending for next year.

Survey: More Training Needed For Negotiations Rather Than Litigation

Published: Monday, November 30th, 2020

In this article, I discuss my study with Ken Waldron on perceptions toward settlement negotiations among lawyers and legal professionals.