West Allis Family Law
West Allis WI Family Law Attorneys
We provide personalized, professional legal representation relating to a broad range of family law services in Wisconsin.
The attorneys at MacGillis Wiemer, LLC, provide a broad range of family law services to our clients in West Allis, Wisconsin. Contact us if you need help with issues related to your divorce or family, including:
- Dividing marital property: Courts generally presume that marital property should be divided equally, but they will consider the length of the marriage, each party’s earning capacity and physical health, and tax consequences, among other factors. Premarital property and gifts (including inheritances) are not subject to division. Marital misconduct is not a factor that courts consider.
- Spousal support or maintenance. The court may order one party to pay spousal support, or maintenance. The court will base that decision on several factors, including the length of the marriage, each party’s physical health and earning capacity, the division of property, and whether one party contributed to the other’s education or increased earning power.
- Child custody. Courts determine child custody according to the best interests of the child. Parties seeking sole or joint custody must file a parenting plan with the court that includes information about where the child will go to school, how the child’s medical expenses will be paid, how holidays will be divided, whether the parents will make decisions jointly, and other relevant details. If there is a substantial change in circumstances two years after the initial agreement, then you can request a custody modification.
- Child support. The court might order one or both parents to pay child support. The court will consider each party’s financial situation and earning capacity in determining who should pay what amount. If either party’s financial circumstances change, you can request a payment modification.
- Adoption. Childbirth is not the only way to have a child. Wisconsin adoption laws establish a legal parent-child relationship between the adoptive parent and the non-biological child. Adoptive parents have the same legal rights and responsibilities as birth parents.
- Determining paternity. If a child’s parents are not married when the child is born, the father does not have any legal custody rights. The only way to obtain rights is by establishing paternity, or legal fatherhood. There are several options for adding the father’s name to the birth certificate and establishing his rights.
- Grandparent rights. Grandparents are generally entitled to visit their grandchildren. They may petition for visitation rights if they are denied by the child’s parents. The same is true for great-grandparents, step-parents and any person who had maintained a relationship similar to a parent-child relationship with the child.
- Prenuptial agreements. A prenuptial agreement is a contract that establishes each party’s financial rights in case of death or divorce.
At MacGillis Wiemer, LLC, we can represent you in a wide variety of family law matters, including divorce proceedings and child custody negotiations. Get the professional legal representation you need in your case and contact our West Allis family law attorneys today to request a free consultation.