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Benchbook: Vol. III - Family Wisconsin Judicial Benchbook Series
  • AK0027
  • 978-1-57862-306-8

484+ pp.; 5th ed. 2014

(includes 2016-17 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 2016-2017 supplement reflects the latest changes and developments in family law, including:

  • Recent legislative amendments to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, and to abuse and harassment restraining orders and injunctions
  • New procedures allowing a juvenile court to modify a family court order
  • Recent cases on same-sex marriage, grandparental visitation, and paternity
  • A new chapter on self-represented parties
  • Renumbering of Servicemembers Civil Relief Act provisions
  • Updates to the 2016 federal poverty guidelines and Wisconsin Administrative Code provisions for determining the child support obligation of low-income payers

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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