Endorsed by the State Bar of Wisconsin's Children & the Law and Family Law Sections
Effectively screen for signs
GAL recommendations are imperative in disputed child custody cases. However, if GALs aren’t properly trained in recognizing signs of abuse, final recommendations can fail to account for family or domestic violence. It also means GALs may not know how to make accommodations for power differentials or for safety, which can introduce additional complications.
Therefore, as of January 1, 2021, attorneys must complete at least three credit hours of training on the topic of family violence in order to accept Wisconsin GAL appointments in family court matters under Ch. 767. Family Violence: What Attorneys & GALs Need to Know will help those who want to accept these GAL appointments get up-to-speed on Wisconsin’s new requirements.
A four-step framework
This half-day program will provide tools for identifying, evaluating, and making recommendations in disputed custody cases involving potential family violence. You’ll learn how to:
- Identify signs of physical, sexual, psychological, economic, or coercive controlling abuse
- Define the nature and context of abuse
- Evaluate the implications of the abuse
- Make recommendations that account for family violence
You'll also hear from a panel of judges and court commissioners on how they interact with family violence cases, particularly the victims, children, and GALs who are involved. They’ll discuss the ins and outs of forums where family violence disputes may play out – not only in family court, but in criminal and civil court as well.
Understanding the law and the lived reality
Know how to apply "best interest of the child" factors when abuse is present – and earn family violence education you need to accept GAL appointments in Wisconsin family court matters under Ch. 767 – with Family Violence: What Attorneys & GALs Need to Know.
*See SCR 35.015(1)(a).