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Family Law Blog Posts

WISCONSIN CHILD SUPPORT – WHAT YOU MUST KNOW

January 30, 2013
by Amy Shapiro

Child support is calculated and ordered when the court enters a judgment in one of the following cases: annulment, divorce, legal separation, or paternity. This is not an exclusive list of events in which the court may order child support. Generally, child support is expressed as a fixed amount of money that must be paid on a regularly occurring basis to support the minor child(ren). The actual ... more->>

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WHAT HAPPENS TO RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS IN THE EVENT OF DIVORCE?

January 11, 2013
by Amy Shapiro

When a divorce is before the court, the judge must divide all marital assets, including retirement accounts. When the only significant assets are a house and retirement accounts, this can be challenging. There are many ways, however, of creatively dividing retirement accounts, some of which can actually free up cash to ease the time after divorce but before retirement. Here are some general ... more->>

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SHAPIRO APPOINTED TO MATRIMONIAL INN OF COURT

December 12, 2011

Attorney Amy Shapiro has been appointed to Board of the Leander J. Foley, Jr. Matrimonial Inn of Court. The Matrimonial Inn is an association of attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals who practice family law and share a passion for professional excellence. Attorney Katherine Charlton is also a member of the Matrimonial Inn.... more->>

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SHAPIRO NAMED BEST DIVORCE LAWYER IN MILWAUKEE

December 05, 2011

The Shepherd Express has named Attorney Amy Shapiro the Best Divorce Lawyer in Milwaukee for 2011. This award is based on votes from readers. Attorney Shapiro was also recognized as one of the best divorce lawyers by the Shepherd Express in 2010.... more->>

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GRANDPARENT'S RIGHTS TO VISITATION WITH GRANDCHILDREN IMPROVE WITH COURT OF APPEALS DECISION

October 07, 2011
by Katherine Charlton

Grandparents seeking the opportunity to see their grandchildren, over a biological parent’s objection, have one less hurdle following a recent Court of Appeals decision. In August 2011 the District IV Wisconsin Court of Appeals clarified what is a grandparent’s obligation for a showing to establish a visitation schedule for their grandchildren. When petitioning for grandparent visitation under §... more->>

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CHARLTON TRAINS VOLUNTEER LAWYERS ON FAMILY LAW MATTERS

October 05, 2011

Attorney Katherine Charlton will be one of the presenters in the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Legal Action of Wisconsin's Basic Family Law program on November 9, 2011 in its annual training series in Madison. The VLP program provides training in several areas of practice for lawyers who are willing to take at least one pro bono case in exchange for the free CLE.... more->>

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CHARLTON & SUMARA WORK TO ENFORCE ADOPTION ORDER

September 03, 2011

Attorneys Katherine Charlton and Michele Sumara successfully represented one of the former partners in a same-sex couple who had parented two children. They are now engaged in a dispute over the validity of the Orders for Adoption issued in 2004. The District IV Court of Appeals recently upheld a La Crosse County Circuit Court decision, rejecting the biological mother's efforts to overturn the ... more->>

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SHAPIRO HONORED AS ONE OF THE BEST DIVORCE ATTORNEYS IN MILWAUKEE

November 01, 2010

Amy Shapiro has been named as one of the best divorce attorneys in the Milwaukee area by the Shepherd Express. The Shepherd Express annually allows its readers to select their favorite people, places, and businesses throughout the city.... more->>

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CHARLTON TO SPEAK ABOUT WILLS & ADVANCED DIRECTIVES

October 09, 2010

Attorney Katherine Charlton will speak at the American Federation of Teachers Conference in Appleton on October 28th on the topic of "Wills and Advanced Directives: The Wisdom of Planning and Delegating."... more->>

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SHAPIRO TEACHES FAMILY LAW CLASS

February 21, 2010

Attorney Amy Shapiro recently taught her annual class on mental health providers in family court to the fellows in psychiatry and to medical students at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has participated as a guest speaker for the past 6 years.... more->>

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