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Teri M. Nelson

Wauwatosa Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 14
  1. Was I getting professionally "massaged" by one of your law colleagues?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. James CW Bock
    3. Michael Charles Doland
    3 lawyer answers

    Most family attorneys will not handle a case for a fixed fee. There is no way to predict how much time they would spend on your case. Why would an attorney work on your case for, let's say, 10 hours when they could potentially spend 50 or 60 hours? What if other clients asked the same thing? This lawyer could end up giving hundreds of hours of work away for free. They have an office and expenses to pay for - they are running a business, after all and their only saleable commodity is their...

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  2. Can an illegal alien (father) get custody of his 2 kids if he pays no child support?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Reza Athari
    3. Jeffrey N Lisnow
    4. J Charles Ferrari
    4 lawyer answers

    A person's immigration status has nothing to do with custody and placement except if there is a fear that they will take the children back to their country of origin. However, it sounds as if you have multiple issues which may need to be addressed by family court. I am unsure from your question if this is a divorce or paternity matter and, if paternity, if he has already been adjudicated the father. I suggest consulting with an family law attorney to determine if your concerns are a...

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  3. What is The 5 Day Rule?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. R. S. Missimer
    3. Jason Todd Studinski
    4. Nicholas C. Zales
    4 lawyer answers

    You should discuss this with your attorney but, when an order is submitted to the court, the judge holds off on signing it for 5 days to give the other side time to object to the form of the order (not the order itself). This rule is designed to avoid or prevent typos, mistakes or errors in language that could lead to future misinterpretations. If the other side objects, the attorney who drafted the order can then either submit a corrected order or can argue about the objection. If that...

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  4. My husband filed for divorce,Winnebago County WI, I was NOT served and there was a hearing scheduled 'to find cause'

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Renee Ann Read
    3. Steven J. Weber
    3 lawyer answers

    The notation "Order to show cause removed" means that the hearing was removed from the calendar and did not take place. This could be because he called to cancel it, because you were not served or because no one showed up.

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  5. Can spouse impose restrictions on my entering our home?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    1 lawyer answer

    If you moved out, you no longer live there and that is his private space. He can't come into your new residence whenever he wants and the reverse is also true. Once you move out, he has the right to restrict your access to the residence. If there are items you would like, you should continue to discuss that with him. I usually recommend that you take all of your desired items at the time you move out. You should discuss this further with your attorney or, if you don't have one, consult...

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  6. What happens after a divorce?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Alexander Joseph Segal
    3. Tajara Dommershausen
    4. Stephen D. Berman
    5. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    This is an immigration question, not a divorce question. Please repost under that topic for an accurate answer.

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  7. I bought a house using money borrowed from my family to purchase our home

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    1 lawyer answer

    There are many facts missing in your scenario - how long have you been married, when did you purchase the house, was there a note to your family, how was your money divided up or pooled during your marriage, other assets and debts, etc. You should consult with an experienced divorce lawyer who can go through these facts and give you a better answer than someone on this forum can. Good luck to you.

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  8. Can I appeal a child support contempt finding by a family court commissioner? Can I ask that a judge hear it instead?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Michael J. Lauer
    3. James CW Bock
    3 lawyer answers

    In Milwaukee, the court commissioners are not allowed to make findings of contempt. They must refer the case to the judge for that. However, you can always appeal a commissioner's decision to the judge. It is called a de novo review. It isn't really an appeal, though, but a request for the judge to take a new look at the facts. There are time limits within which this request must be filed.

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  9. How can I fully terminate my parental rights to a child? Can this happen prior to birth? General procedure.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Wendy Sue Johnson
    3. R. S. Missimer
    4. Jason Todd Studinski
    4 lawyer answers

    No there is no other way although she would have to take affirmative action after the birth of the child to have you adjudicated the father to get child support. If she does not do that, you have no legal rights or obligations. There is really nothing you can do one way or the other - the ball is in her court. Down the road, if she gets married, her new husband may adopt the child and your rights can be terminated. Without an accompanying adoption, however, this cannot happen either....

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  10. She bought the farm 4 years ago.we were not married yet so I didn't put my name on the title.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    3. Joseph Jonathan Brophy
    3 lawyer answers

    Title is irrelevant in Wisconsin. This is a marital property state and once you marry, all of the property of both parties becomes marital. With that said, the court will often give a party credit for property brought into the marriage in a divorce, especially if it is a short marriage. However, it sounds as if you have a very good argument that your efforts increased the value of the property substantially so this may offset any claim she would have for a credit for pre-marital assets. I...

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