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Wisconsin Supreme Court Clarifies Standard on Grandparent Visitation Rights

“We conclude that Wis. Stat. § 767.43 (1) does not require a grandparent, greatgrandparent, or stepparent who files a motion for visitation rights … to prove that he or she ‘has maintained a relationship similar to a parent-child relationship with the child,’” wrote Justice David Prosser in the majority opinion of the court.” For the full article, please click here:  http://www.wisbar.org/NewsPublications/Pages/General-Article.aspx?ArticleID=24744...

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Supreme Court To Address Military Benefits In Family Law Cases

"The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act is a 1982 federal law that authorizes state courts to divide up military retirement pay in a divorce. Specifically, the law allows state courts to treat “disposable retired pay” as either the service member’s property or the property of both the service member and the member’s spouse, depending on state law." The full article can be found here:  http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/03/argument-preview-justices-consider-family-law-military-benefits/ ...

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Child Support and Public Benefits

“Walker’s reforms would re-establish the requirement that, as a condition of receiving FoodShare, custodial parents must cooperate with child support enforcement to establish paternity and a child support order for the absent parent, with common-sense exemptions for cases of domestic violence or child abuse.”  The full article can be found here:  http://patch.com/wisconsin/shorewood/foodshare-benefits-will-be-linked-child-support-paternity-compliance-under...

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“State Proposes to Reduce Amount Wealthy Parents Pay in Child Support” by Molly Beck

A Wisconsin State Agency seeks to reduce child support paid by high income earners. The agency proposes a reduction in child support paid by parents making between $300,000 and $500,000 annually. The proposed change would introduce a sliding scale to reduce the percentage of income between $300,00 and $500,000 that would be paid. Please see the full Wisconsin State Journal article at: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/state-proposes-to-reduce-amount-wealthy-parents-pay-in-child/article_8c542c9a-963d-5dfa-a92e-361968a7f675.html ...

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“In a Divorce, Who Gets Custody of Electronic Data? The Lawyers” by Jonah Engel Bromwich and Daniel Victor

Divorce in the modern tech savvy times is much different than divorce prior to our obsession with social media and computers. Individuals getting divorced now need to know more about electronic data and how it can be used by attorney’s in divorce proceedings. This article discusses who gets custody of electronic data in modern divorce. Please see the full New York Times article at: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/01/us/politics/divorce-electronic-data.html?_r=0...

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