Archives: Caselaw

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.

Dissipation and Financial Fault

Published: Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Although marital fault is not relevant to property division in Wisconsin, financial fault is very much relevant.

Frisch Is Wrong Case to Address Failure to Provide Income Info

Published: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

If the Supreme Court is going to have only one family law case on its docket (and this is currently the only one), Frisch v. Heinrichs is not the case to choose.

Frisch Was Poor Candidate for Publication

Published: Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Depending on how strictly it’s read, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals holding in Frisch v. Heinrichs may cause severe problems in allowing courts to order a person who disobeys a court order to make the innocent party whole.

Supreme Court Takes Up Placement Issue in Landwehr

Published: Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

On December 13, 2005, the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Landwehr v. Landwehr, which presents the issue of the proper standard of review when determining a motion to modify physical placement. Let’s hope the high court relies heavily upon a recent court of appeals opinion before rendering its decision in this case.

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.

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.