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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I have sole custody / primary placement. Can I move out of WI or will I need to get permission?

We were never married, current orders only state visitation details. Dad is to submit to me monthly drug test results in order to see child..he has been out of jail since March of 2019 has not given me any results or complied with order. Dad spent 3 years in jail on for felony gun and drug charges.... Read more »

David N. Iancu
David N. Iancu answered on Sep 20, 2019

That depends on what your current orders say. The laws on removal are complicated and were recently changed. I strongly recommend seeking advice of counsel before doing anything in this case.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Wisconsin on
Q: Were can I find legal aid in manitowoc Wisconsin for divorce and custody and support payments my husband took it all

I have no access to bank account because he never added me and put our house only in his name and us emotionally abusive and was at times physical abusive I have no access to funds he took everything away from me would not let me wrk because he didnt want to loose state insurance or food stamps... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Sep 12, 2018

Try contacting: Calumet/Manitowoc Public Defender Office, 933 South 8th Street, Ste. 102 Manitowoc, WI 54220-4534, Phone: 920-683-4690

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and International Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Got married in Italy, trying to get a divorce and solve child support issues. International lawyer needed
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Apr 4, 2018

I don't mind the work, but I'm willing to bet before interviewing and researching it that the non-custodial spouse is in a country that is a signatory of the Hague Convention. You need a lawyer in the jurisdiction where the custodial parent and the children live. The child support formula of that... Read more »

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Q: A payor pays support in two seperate case,the child in the first case passed away.Can I ask for an increase? In Wi

Both cases have arrears owed.I am not being greedy but the payor only pays 50.00 on my child's case if and when they do pay!

Stefan Otterson
Stefan Otterson answered on Sep 18, 2017

Yes, assuming your child support was based on an income calculation that deducted support paid to the child from a previous relationship. However, the $50 amount suggests that the payor's income is very low, so adding that previous support amount back into his/her income may not bring the amount... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Wisconsin on
Q: can I get child support for my son who lives with me full time if there is not a court order yet in place?

We had joint placement but my ex didn't have day care for him so he said I had to take him for the summer. Now that schools in place he wants him every other week again and I think he's doing much better full time with me. He refuses to pay anything more.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards answered on Sep 12, 2017

If you want to receive child support, you would need a court order in place to be able to enforce it. In most cases, child support will follow a placement order so you will probably want to request an order for primary placement and then request the court to calculate child support for that as... Read more »

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Q: What paperwork needs to filed to change placement and child support for a child? Both parties are in agreement.

We were divorced in Racine County

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards answered on Aug 23, 2017

Since both of you are in agreement with regard to the changing placement and child support, you can file a stipulation with the court highlighting the changes you wish to make. Both of you need to sign this document and you will need to have it notarized as well. However, be aware that the changes... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Wisconsin on
Q: What happens if neither party show up for child support
Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards answered on Aug 23, 2017

If neither party shows up for a child support hearing, it is likely the case will be dismissed and the judge will not make a ruling on the issue.

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Q: My ex was ordered to pay child support. I just graduated and started working. He has quit showing up for his job.

Can he fight me for more time w our son? Or try to get child support from me?

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards answered on Aug 23, 2017

He can fight you all he wants for more placement or child support but that does not necessarily mean he is going to get what he wants. He is not likely going to be able to get child support from you unless he has the majority of the placement time. Of course there are many other factors that play... Read more »

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Q: I am supposed to have contact with my 3 children and I haven't since the end of January. What can I do?

My ex-husband and I have had a temporary order for physical placement and legal custody in place for over a year and a half. It states that I am to have contact with our 3 children and I have not had contact with them since the end of January, and before that it was few and very far between. I'm... Read more »

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards answered on Aug 23, 2017

As you say he is your ex-husband, I am assuming you have already gotten the final decree of divorce. If that is the case, I am not sure why there would be a temporary since that would have been valid only during the interim of the divorce process. Either way, if you have a court order stating you... Read more »

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Q: If your married and your wife has a baby by another man what legal rights do I have
Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards answered on Aug 22, 2017

So if I understand your question correctly, you are describing a situation where you are married to a woman who has a child with another man from a past relationship. If that is the case, you technically do not have any rights to that child unless you adopted the child following a termination of... Read more »

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Q: My 15 yr old wants to come live with me. Her dad and i were never married and never went to court for custody.

Can i keep her when she comes for the summer. CPS has been called on her dad and gf twice and nothing has been done. She isnt safe...She lives by lacrosse Wi and i live by Madison...what can i do....

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards answered on Jun 12, 2017

Considering that it doesn't sound like there are any existing court orders regarding placement and custody, it seems to me that you would be best off petitioning the court in Dane County for custody and placement orders. Without any existing orders in place, you would most likely have to open an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I and my husband divorced. Him and I made a agreement that we will have the kids one week on one week off....

Him and I talked about me moving out of town . When it came time and I moved he got upset and is now taking me to court.... What can I do.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards answered on Jun 12, 2017

It depends on if this agreement on placement was part of the initial divorce proceeding. In other words, if you incorporated this agreement in writing as part of the divorce proceedings and the court accepted this, then it is a court order and he is obliged to follow it. However, if for some reason... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Child Custody for Wisconsin on
Q: If you're going to court for child support will placement of children change of a motion to change it hasn't been filed
Sallie Leigh Rubenzer
Sallie Leigh Rubenzer answered on May 30, 2017

No, the court will base child support based on the percentage of placement as set forth in the current order.

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Q: My ex girlfriend who was pregnant with my child left the state to California what can I do to be able to see my child?
Brian Lehman
Brian Lehman answered on Feb 16, 2017

You need to get a court order requiring visitation. You should really talk with a lawyer about the facts of the case and go from there.

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