Archives: Caselaw

New Case on Sub S Income

Published: Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The court of appeals issued an unpublished, but citeable case today. Why isn’t this decision recommended for publication?

Lawyers Shouldn’t Rely on Wisconsin Appeals Court to Bail Them Out

Published: Monday, January 12th, 2015

It is common, where there are minor children, for a divorce agreement to require at least the payor of child support and sometimes both parties to maintain life insurance with the children as beneficiaries. A recent unpublished, but citeable, Wisconsin Court of Appeals case has implications for some of these divorce cases.

Domestic Partnership Case Puzzling

Published: Friday, August 1st, 2014

While I do not profess to be an expert on Wisconsin constitutional law, please explain to me how a domestic partnership law is not “similar” to a legal status for marriage?

Two Wussy Disciplinary Cases in One Day

Published: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Two more cases proving how pathetic our so-called disciplinary system operates in Wisconsin.

A Troubling Gray Area in Divorce Cases

Published: Monday, June 30th, 2014

Perhaps the greatest gray area in family law in Wisconsin deals with retirement. First, there is no definitive answer to the question, “When can I retire?” Second, there is no definitive answer to the question, “If I can retire, will spousal support be terminated or simply reduced?” A recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision does not do much to answer either question.

Wisconsin Appeals Court Erred in Joint Custody Decision

Published: Friday, April 4th, 2014

In a recent opinion the District 4 Court of Appeals misapplied Wisconsin statutes regarding the meaning of joint custody. Fortunately, it was an unpublished decision. Unfortunately, it is an authored opinion, so it can be cited for its persuasive value.

Contempt Case

Published: Monday, January 6th, 2014

A contempt finding against the husband in a divorce case who quit his job and stopped making all court-ordered payments.

Appeals Court Reaches Correct Conclusion in Confusing Way

Published: Monday, November 25th, 2013

The statutes regarding post-judgment modification and removal are confusing. And unfortunately, a recent Court of Appeals decision makes them even more so.

Paternity and Travel

Published: Monday, November 25th, 2013

Fathers have neither the right nor the ability to restrict a pregnant woman from her constitutionally protected liberty.

Cases from Hell

Published: Friday, August 16th, 2013

The litigation lasted for 17 years – 10 years longer than the marriage itself!