Family Law


Family law is the law that serves to govern relationships between members of a family, with respect to their rights and responsibilities. You may be scared to begin your “fight” publicly. You may not want to have this fight in court and you may be concerned about trusting an Attorney that you may not know. In my practice, you are best served by finding an Attorney you feel comfortable with. For that, it may be necessary to pick up the phone and call. And, from my practice, you are best served by mediating these disputes.


Mediation and negotiation, both Alternative Dispute mechanisms, are sometimes necessary to allow for more flexibility in resolving a dispute. In the case of divorces, this may also be helpful to insulate parties from having detrimental fights before a Judge in a courtroom. Or, it may prevent Wisconsin litigants from making “bad” decisions and putting judgments in the unmitigated hands of Judges when the litigant might be on the wrong side of the fight.

It is important for you to consider to importance of finding the right person to protect you in mediated and negotiated disputes. I have been a court-appointed mediator. And, I have privately mediated a number of disputes through my law firm. I have privately participated in mediation and negotiation as a party-representative. And, I have engaged in countless disputes. In serving as a court-appointed mediator, I was trained by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, Janine Geske in acting as mediator. In addition to my doctorate in law, I have a graduate certificate in Dispute Resolution from a top-10 legal dispute resolution program in the country.


Many times, it will be best for you to consider that – while you may be in the middle of the exciting process of getting married – things may lead to divorce, legal separation, or death. If they do lead to divorce, you can control division of assets by entering into a prenuptial agreement. For this, you will want to consult someone you feel comfortable with.


In bringing a divorce before the court, you may feel uncertain about the process and uneasy doing so yourself. However, the idea of involving an attorney may be even more overwhelming. While I am a zealous advocate, I am also good at hand-holding. It is my practice to make my client feel comfortable while encouraging creative options, and working to get them the best possible outcome.