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  • I do not live in Dane co and the mother has moved to another county. Case is active In Dane, can I request change of venue?

    current active case in Dane co the mother moved and I don't live in Dane can I request a change of venue? What form do I use?

    Teri’s Answer

    Yes you can. If you both live in the same (new county) there is a specific administrative procedure to be followed in this case and a fee to be paid. Otherwise, you would have to file a motion and the court would determine which venue is most appropriate - your county or the mother's. If there is an objection by the mother, however, the court may decide not to change venue if Dane county has all of the facts and evidence located there.

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  • Dont have much money,we need a lawyer for custody of child

    dad is on drugs,wanted for warrant,want full custody of child

    Teri’s Answer

    You need to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can evaluate all of the facts of your case to determine your best course of action, possible outcomes and an estimate of fees. Good luck.

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  • How to get divorce in the favour of husband?

    Hi, My brother married a girl in the month of november. His wife (my sis in law) keeps fighting with him. And now she has crossed her limits. My brothers wants to take divorce from her. We know there are complications like giving half of his p...

    Teri’s Answer

    You should consult with an experienced divorce attorney. If he has only been married a few months, he would not typically have to share assets or income with her. However, he should get a divorce action filed ASAP.

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  • Do I need an attorney?

    I obtained a harassment restraining order on my neighbor. I received a voicemail from an attorney he obtained. I have not called him back.

    Teri’s Answer

    Even though you already obtained a restraining order, there could be further court proceedings. For example, as Atty. Witt stated, if it is only temporary, there will then be a hearing which may be contested if your neighbor has an attorney. Or, if you are still within a certain time period after obtaining a restraining order, your neighbor may have the right to appeal the decision to the judge (called a de novo review) if it was before a court commissioner. It never hurts to return a call to determine the purpose of the contact. From there, you can better make your decision as to whether you hire your own counsel.

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  • Suspend license for child support if I'm on SSI?

    Can My license be suspended for not paying child support if my only income is SSI?

    Teri’s Answer

    You should file a Motion with the court to modify the child support order due to your change in circumstances - I assume you are disabled and unable to work if you are receiving SSI. SSI is not available income for child support purposes. The court cannot go back and "undo" a prior support order so the sooner you get that motion file, the sooner your arrears stop accumulating. You should consult with an experienced family law attorney to assist you. However, if you cannot afford one, Milwaukee County has a self-help center with all of the necessary forms and a staff member to assist you.

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  • My daughter called off the engagement due to cheating. Does she keep the ring or give it back? We live in Wisconsin.

    Prior to getting engaged this happened and then shortly after and more than one time.

    Teri’s Answer

    Unfortunately, she needs to give it back. An engagement ring is a "conditional" gift and the condition, of course, is marriage. If the marriage doesn't happen, no matter what the reason, she must return it. Sorry!

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  • My husband and I have been happily married 25 years, no intended divorce. he took me off all checking and savings accts, so I

    now have no access to any money. Can he legally do this? Why would the bank allow this without notifying me of this?

    Teri’s Answer

    While you might think you are happily married, it sounds as if your husband might be setting you up for a divorce. I often see these types of actions in anticipation of a divorce. You should consult with an experienced divorce attorney to explore all of your options so that you are prepared in that event.

    Further, if you have no access to funds, you have to ask yourself where are you going from here? What are you going to do? In a divorce or legal separation, the court can order him to provide you access to those funds or to freeze the money so it doesn't disappear. So, the answer is that he can legally do this but it can be remedied by the courts. Again, explore all of your options and prepare yourself by consulting with an experienced divorce attorney.

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  • Crossing state boarders with a child

    My son is in Texas right now, trying to get his Daughter back to Wisconsin. She wants to return home, but has a newborn baby from a boyfriend. Boy friend (who doesn't want to leave Texas) and Boy friend grandparents are saying if she leaves Texas ...

    Teri’s Answer

    If boyfriend has not yet legally determined to be the father, he has no legal rights to that child. Without legal rights, your daughter can do anything she wants, including coming back to Wisconsin. Even if he had legal rights, without a court order, he cannot stop her from moving. Kidnapping is taking the child and hiding the child from the other parent. As long as she tells him where she is going (presumably with her family), that is not kidnapping. However, to be safe, she should consult with a family law attorney in Texas to determine what all of her legal options are at the moment.

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  • What is considered abandonment in WI of a 15yr old child mother didn't inform school or social security she state child unruly?

    WI mom moved to TX leaving her 15yr old son with his friends, who are under age found him in the abandon apt, which got pad locked by the landlord took him to my home, called her and she doesn't want him in TX due to his unruly behavior, she rep...

    Teri’s Answer

    First, she should be charged criminally for what she did. You should contact the police. I am unclear if you are the Dad. If so, you/Dad should file a motion with the court to get placement and have the social security payments transferred over to him. If Dad can't take placement, then legal arrangements should be made for a relative to take placement and, again, have his social security benefits transferred for his support.

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  • We share custody but I have primary placement, I am moving 60 miles away within the state. Do I have to petition him?

    We are relocating about 60 miles away to be closer to my new husbands job which is a significant pay and benefits increase. We are moving within the state. Do I have to petition him for permission to move?

    Teri’s Answer

    No you do not. You are not moving more than 150 miles or out of state. However, you have two issues. First, you will obviously need to change your child's school and this is a joint custodial decision that he must agree to. So, you need to obtain his consent and provide him the necessary information on what you are proposing. Second, you need to be cognizant of how your move may affect his placement schedule. If he just has weekends, it shouldn't be an issue. But, if he has mid-week placement, there is going to be a problem and you are going to have to try to work that out with him. You should consult with an experienced family law attorney who can assist you with these issues.

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