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Teri M. Nelson

Wauwatosa Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. What are some of the reasons a parent could loose their placement and visitation times?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Jane E Probst
    3. Nicholas C. Zales
    3 lawyer answers

    It is a very rare case where placement is taken away altogether and even then in only the most extreme of cases - usually abuse. However, you may be given supervised visitation under circumstances where your actions are deemed harmful to your child. If you are talking about reduced placement time, the court usually finds that the status quo (current placement) is in the best interest of the child unless the current placement is not in the child's best interest or simply unworkable (ie someone...

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  2. Does my father in law's girlfriend have any legal rights to see my children?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Joseph Robert Kennedy
    3. Dawn T. Shaha
    4. David P. Senkel
    4 lawyer answers

    You, as parents, have the right to make all decisions regarding your children, including this one. I would note that your father-in-law could only petition for grandparent visitation if there is an underlying divorce or paternity action. Besides that, he must abide by your decisions if he wants to see his grandchildren.

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  3. Father wants DNA test after he signed birth certificate

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Gary Roger Waitzman
    3. David S. Kowalski
    3 lawyer answers

    If he is already legally adjudicated in a paternity action, then it is too late to have a court ordered DNA test. If he hasn't been legally adjudicated, then you can initiate a paternity action and request DNA testing. However, if you have joint custody, then my guess there is a court order which means a paternity action. You can always obtain a private DNA test, however. The question you have to ask yourself is what does it matter? If he has legally been determined to be the father, he...

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  4. What does a child custody pre-trial look like?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Sara Marie Grant Rojas
    2 lawyer answers

    If you have a trial in 2 weeks, the purpose of the pre-trial will most likely be (a) a last ditch effort at settlement, using the judge's "pre-opinion" if he will give one and (b) to make sure everything is set to go for the trial. What I mean by that is that is the judge will check to make sure all of the discovery is completed, deadlines have been met, witnesses disclosed, etc. He will also make sure to check that there are no last minute glitches which may jeopardize the trial. If there...

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  5. Husband has left the home but is continuing to pay all bills of the household

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Benjamin James Harris
    3. Laura A. Stack
    3 lawyer answers

    You should consult with an experienced divorce attorney right away. After obtaining all of the facts, an attorney can then give you a better idea of what the most likely result would be in a divorce, including maintenance. Our office offers a free initial consultation and handle Milwaukee county cases. Call 414-258-1644 to schedule.

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  6. How do you get divorced if someone lives in another state?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    2 lawyer answers

    Jurisdiction can be complicated. If Wisconsin has jurisdiction, you can simply file and have him served in his state. However, if Wisconsin does not have jurisdiction, the divorce may have to be filed in Kansas. You should consult with an experienced divorce attorney to review the facts of your case to determine which state has jurisdiction. Most divorce attorneys offer free initial consultations.

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  7. Can I have the venue changed in my family case if the case is closed?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Peggy M. Raddatz
    2 lawyer answers

    If neither of you still live in the county, then yes you can change the venue. You need to contact the clerk of courts in the county where you currently reside. They will be able to tell you the procedure and what you need to do. It usually involves a fee and notice to your ex-spouse.

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  8. Ex got house in divorce. I hold mortage. what are my rights. Has 1/2 year yet to refincance

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Maxwell Charles Livingston
    2 lawyer answers

    You have to follow the divorce judgment. If you gave him 2 years to refinance, then you need to honor that. If he fails to do that, you can file a motion for contempt. If the house was awarded to him in the divorce, then it is his house and you can't put any restrictions on him.

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  9. Can the amount for child support be determined off of the net pay as opposed to the gross pay?

    Answered 11 days ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Joseph Robert Kennedy
    3. Lawrence Hindin Geller
    3 lawyer answers

    The short answer to your question is no. Child support must be based on gross income. However, it sounds as if you have a variety of factors going on here. I strongly encourage you to speak to an experienced divorce attorney. There may be other ways to reduce your payments. However, without looking at all of the specific factors, it is impossible to do that through a forum such as this. Our office offers a free initial consultation and we practice in Milwaukee County. If you are...

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  10. What right does a teenage boy have, after he breaks up with me, while I am expecting?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Teri M. Nelson
    2. Michael J. Briggs
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3 lawyer answers

    Until there is a court action filed for paternity and the court finds him to be the legal father (called adjudication), he has no rights and you control all aspects of your child's life. After the adjudication occurs, the court will enter orders regarding legal custody (who makes major decisions over your child - often joint), placement and child support. You will most likely be granted primary placement and he will be given periods of placement (visitation). I will you this - absent some...

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