484+ pp.; 5th ed. 2014
(includes 2017-18 supplement)
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 Wisconsin Judicial Benchbook: Volume III – Family. 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 2017-2018 supplement reflects a number of key changes and developments in family law, including:
- A new Wisconsin Supreme Court rule allowing lawyer-mediators to draft documents in family law cases
- Revisions to the chapter on the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) discussing procedures in multijurisdictional cases involving child custody
- Recent Wisconsin Supreme Court guidance on the appointment of referees in certain exceptional cases
- A 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision on the divisibility of a veteran’s military pension if waived in order to receive service-related disability benefits
- Updated federal poverty guidelines for 2017 and Wisconsin Administrative Code provisions used in determining the child support obligation of low-income payers
Summary of contents
- Stipulated Divorce
- Contested Divorce
- Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Cases
- Use of Contempt
- Other Enforcement
- Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)
- Tax Checklist
- Property Division
- Child Support
- Family Support
- Attorney, Guardian ad Litem Fees/Expert Costs
- Custody and Physical Placement
- Visitation Rights of Certain Persons
- Interstate Conflicts (UCCJEA/PKPA)
- 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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