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Family Law in Wisconsin: A Forms and Procedures Handbook

Product ID: AE0052_SUB
Published By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE
ISBN: 978-1-57862-670-0

Part of the Books Unbound Library Collection: Family Law

From initial client interviews to post-judgment actions, Family Law in Wisconsin: A Forms and Procedures Handbook (previously titled System Book for Family Law) can help you streamline your family law practice while sparing your clients undue stress. With all the essential forms, checklists, outlines, and overviews, the Handbook ensures you get the information you need systematically.

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Part of the Books Unbound Library Collection: Family Law

From initial client interviews to post-judgment actions, Family Law in Wisconsin: A Forms and Procedures Handbook (previously titled System Book for Family Law) can help you streamline your family law practice while sparing your clients undue stress. With all the essential forms, checklists, outlines, and overviews, the Handbook ensures you get the information you need systematically.

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1,172+ pp.; 11th ed. 2022-23

(Includes 2023-24 supplement)

2 volumes 

Summary of Contents

 

Volume I

How to Use This Book

Guide to Book Forms

Book Forms Acknowledgments

Index to Book Forms

Office Master File

1          Quick Reference Guide to the Law

2          Divorce Procedure Outline

3          Representation and Fee Agreements

4          Initial Interview and Fact Gathering

5          Starting the Action

6          Temporary Hearing

7          Discovery and Trial Preparation

8          Agreements and Stipulations

9          Trial

 

Volume II

10        Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Judgment

11        File Closing

12        Appeals

13        Postjudgment Actions and Support Enforcement

14A     Tax Consequences

14B      Retirement Benefits

14C      Health Insurance Continuation and Conversion

14D     Domestic Abuse, Harassment, and Child Abuse

14E      Valuation of Business Interests

14F      Mediation

14G     Marital Agreements

14H     Impact of Bankruptcy on Divorce

14I       Reconciliation Attempt

14J       Collaborative Divorce

Form Title Index

Subject Index

 

The 2023–24 supplement includes a number of changes such as:

  • Updates to Wisconsin’s child support guidelines, Wis. Admin. Code ch. DCF 150, that became effective on January 1, 2024
  • Legislative amendments to Wis. Stat. § 905.03 regarding lawyer-client privilege in situations in which a client acts as a fiduciary
  • Legislative amendments to Wis. Stat. § 766.58 regarding statutes of limitation for enforcement of provisions in marital property agreements
  • Internal Revenue Service adjustments to the amounts of the maximum annual benefit and the total maximum annual contribution for defined-benefit plans for 2024

In addition, this supplement includes new information regarding digital property and classification by unilateral statement, as well as a new form letter to send to clients to assist them in the annual exchange of financial information with an ex-spouse following a divorce that involves child support or maintenance payments.

 

The 2022–23 revision includes a number of changes such as:

  • Amendments to portions of SCR 20:1.15 governing client trust accounts and electronic transactions that will become effective on July 1, 2023
  • Chapter 14F (formerly Mediation, now Mediation and Arbitration) has been rewritten and now includes information about various forms of mediation, details about arbitration and hybrid mediation-arbitration, and two new forms
  • A 2022 Wisconsin Court of Appeals opinion discussing when a party who committed battery or abuse “has successfully completed treatment for batterers provided through a certified treatment program or by a certified treatment provider” under Wis. Stat. § 767.41(2)(d) for purposes of rebutting the presumption against the abuser being awarded any legal custody
  • Electronic filing is scheduled to become mandatory in the Wisconsin Supreme Court on July 1, 2023

Various sections of the book have been reorganized and revised, and the forms have been reviewed and updated as needed to incorporate gender-neutral language, legal updates, and clarifications.

State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® is the premier publisher of practice guides and handbooks for Wisconsin's attorneys, written by Wisconsin's attorneys. PINNACLE relies on the expertise and contributions of volunteers from within the State Bar of Wisconsin membership to help develop and deliver timely, relevant information to assist Wisconsin's attorneys provide the highest-quality representation and service.

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