Wisconsin Family Law

Wisconsin laws are created and revised by the actions of lawmakers and the courts, as in other states. Click on the links below to learn more information.

1.State statute
2. Fault or no-fault (typically when a state allows fault based and no-fault divorce, fault based divorces require no separation period. No-fault
3. Equitable distribution or community property Community Property
a. Methods of apportionment
i. Periera and Van Camp in CA Requires Van Camp Wiscn Stat. Ann 766.63
b. Property distribution factors
4. Legal separation?
a. Waiting period/Separation period 120 days to finalize a divorce.  Cannot remarry for one year following divorce.
5. Is mediation required
6. Forms used
7. Alimony guidelines and factors
Alimony formula
a. Types
b. Term Limits
Cohabitation
c. Imputing income
d. Change in circumstances
e. Ceases on retirement
Impute income on early retirement
Early retirement for health reasons is involuntary
f. Definition of income
8. Child support factors and guidelines
9. Child support calculator
10. Lump Sum  Support allowed?
11. Valuation
a. Valuation date Divorce
b. Goodwill divisibility Personal goodwill is not divisible.  Enterprise goodwill is divisible. - McReath v McReath, 800 NW 2d 399 (Wisc. Supr. Ct 2011).  Compare Holbrook v. Holbrook, 103 Wis. 2d 327 (Ct. App. 1981) addresses nonsalable professional goodwill only, but relevant.
c. Standard of value Fair market value
d. Discounts Yes - Arneson
e. Shareholder/partner agreements
 12. Double dip  Impermissable double dip - McReath v. McReath [No. 2009AP639 (Wis. Supreme Court July 12, 2011; Ct. App. July 29, 2010)
 a. Stock options  
 b. Retirement accounts  
 c. Child support Double dip not applicable when dealing with child support - Cook v Cook, 560 N.W.2d
 13. Key cases  
 14. Premarital agreements  "In a marital property agreement spouses may agree to modification or elimination of spousal support WI ST 766.58"
 15. Common law  


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