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Family law in Wisconsin incorporates divorce, child custody, maintenance, paternity, adoption and other related issues. Whether a divorce is filed in Madison, Racine, Milwaukee or Green Bay, the law s that guide the courts remain the same. These laws fall into two categories, statutes and case law. Chapter 767 of the Wisconsin Code provides the courts with the foundation to structure a divorce or other family law matters. The case law (prior decisions by the courts) fills in the gaps where the statutes don’t provide guidance.
The cost of a divorce varies based on the size of the marital estate and the extent to which the parties agree. The larger the estate, the more complicated it becomes to separate it. Estates that own a family business can be especially complicated to divide.
Where the divorcing parties are able to work together through their respective lawyers, the cost and time it takes to complete the divorce are reduced significantly. To the extent the parties cannot get along, the cost and time it takes to resolve the matters goes up significantly.
The rules of procedure that govern how a divorce moves through the court are complicated. Divorce lawyers with experience can use these rules to the client’s advantage, reducing the time and often improving the overall outcome of the divorce.
When deciding which attorney to hire for a divorce, it is important to consider the following:
- Does the attorney only practice family law or is he or she a general practitioner. For a divorce where there aren’t too many assets or complicated issues, a general practitioner with family law experience may suffice. For those with a more demanding case, hiring a lawyer who only focuses on family law may be a better choice.
- Local Relationships: All else equal, it is better to hire a lawyer who knows the judges, clerks and other court room personnel in the jurisdiction the divorce will be litigated.
- Communication style. Every firm communicates differently. A client should determine how much communication he or she requires and ask the law firm when and how often the lawyers will notify the client of changes in status.
- Fixed or hourly cost. Some family law attorneys are willing to offer a flat-fee for the divorce or other family-law matter. However, flat fees usually work best with uncontested matters. Where the parties are litigating, the attorneys will almost always charge by the hour.