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Wisconsin Judicial Benchbook Vol 3: Family
  • AK0027
  • 978-1-57862-306-8

484+ pp.; 5th ed. 2014

Have the same information judges use at your fingertips


Know what procedures the court follows in family law cases, and be ready for the types of questions the court might ask, thanks to the Family Law Benchbook. It’s a great way to get your family law cases right the first time by using the same resource that judges use to evaluate them.

A roadmap to get you to your destination


In this Benchbook, you’ll find a general guide to the most essential issues of a family law case in a quick and easy-to-follow outline format. Key steps are highlighted alongside citations to the most relevant cases and statutes. You’ll have quick access to a variety of unique references and resources, including:

  • Child support calculation tables
  • Language for a model QDRO
  • Timetables for child support enforcement review hearings
  • Grid for determining respective rights of certain parties in visitation disputes
  • Flowcharts illustrating procedures under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act

Essential information at your command


With the Family Law Benchbook, you’ll save time and avoid guesswork when preparing or trying a family law case. It will be your handy, on-the-spot reference — whether you’re just starting out or a veteran of the Wisconsin court system.

Stay current with the latest version

The new edition incorporates the 4th edition supplements as well as developments that have occurred since the 2013-2014 supplement. Among other developments, the new 5th edition:

  • Revises the chapter on abuse and harassment to incorporate extensive amendments to Wisconsin statutes concerning temporary restraining orders and injunctions (see ch. FA 18)
  • Incorporates recent acts affecting the Wisconsin Family Code, including provisions relating to the termination of spousal maintenance (see, e.g.,ch. FA 9) and the interest rate on child support arrears (see ch. FA 5)
  • Adds citations to Wisconsin appellate court cases on topics such as maintenance and intrastate physical placement
  • Updates information on the federal poverty guidelines for 2014 and the Wisconsin Administrative Code provisions used in determining the child-support obligation of low-income payers (see ch. FA 10)

Summary of contents

Divorce

  • Stipulated Divorce
  • Contested Divorce
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Cases
  • Use of Contempt
  • Other Enforcement
  • Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)

Financial Matters

  • Tax Checklist
  • Property Division
  • Maintenance
  • Child Support
  • Family Support
  • QDROs
  • Attorney, Guardian ad Litem Fees/Expert Costs

Children's Issues

  • Custody and Physical Placement
  • Visitation Rights of Certain Persons
  • Interstate Conflicts (UCCJEA/PKPA)
  • Paternity

Miscellaneous

  • Abuse/Harassment
  • Legal Separation and Annulments
  • Other Actions

Don’t get caught unprepared


With this great resource, you’ll know what to expect in your case and be able to plan your strategies and decide how to proceed through each process. This will help you accurately inform your clients about what they should expect, what options may be available, and how the court may look at specific facets of their case.  

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