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I believe that “winning” a family law case takes much more than getting a judge to agree with you. A client’s best interests include the well being of children, family peace, and economic stability. Combative, abrasive, “hard-ball” tactics might make you feel better in the short term, but seldom maximize your interests in the long run. The parties to family law cases often continue to interact for years after the final judgment, and the damage caused by a “no-holds-barred” approach can seldom be repaired. Effective family advocacy requires tenacity, patience, creativity and a commitment to long-term results  


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. Child Support: 20%
    6 years
  3. Child Custody: 20%
    6 years
  4. Mediation: 10%
    6 years


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Duxstad & Bestul, S.C.

1112 17th Avenue
Monroe, WI, 53566-2007

Duxstad & Bestul, S.C.

213 Main St.
Darlington, WI, 53530-1307



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198711/12/2015
WIGood Standing198303/02/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Wisconsin family law SuperLawyer listSuperLawyers2015
Certified Family Law AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy2014
Wisconsin family law SuperLawyer listSuperLawyers2014
Wisconsin family law SuperLawyer listSuperLawyers2013
FellowAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers2012
Wisconsin family law SuperLawyer listSuperLawyers2012
Wisconsin family law SuperLawyer listSuperLawyers2011
Wisconsin family law SuperLawyer listSuperLawyers2010
Wisconsin family law SuperLawyer listSuperLawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDuxstad & Bestul, S.C.1987 - Present
Defense Counsel, Trial Defense Service (Captain)US Army JAG Corps1983 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMember2015 - Present
Collaborative Family Law Council of WisconsinMember2001 - Present
Green County Bar Association Past President1989 - 1989
State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
State Bar of Wisconsin, General Practice SectionMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Lafayette County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Schultz, 152 Wis.2d 408, 448 N.W.2d 424 (1989)Affirmed
State v. Guck, 170 Wis.2d 661, 490 N.W.2d 34 (Court of Appeals, 1992), 176 Wis.2d 845, 500 N.W.2d 910 (Supreme Court, 1993)Affirmed
State v. Hereford, 195 Wis.2d 1054, 537 N.W.2d 62 (1995)Affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Journal of Family LawOrders to Show Cause: A Primer2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Ripon CollegePolitics and Government/SpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spring ConferenceCollaborative Family Law: Resolving Disputes Respectfully2012
Chapter meetingAnatomy of a Collaborative Case – Financial Issues,2012
30th Annual Family Law WorkshopHandling Advanced Maintenance Cases2011
Solo and Small Firm ConferenceDealing with the Rambo Litigator2010
• New Approaches to Solving and Old Problem: Enforcing Placement Orders, Child Custody and VisitationNew Approaches to Solving an Old Problem: Enforcing Placement Orders2007
Family Law: Helping Your Clients Through Difficult CasesOrganizing for Trial: Seven habits of Highly Effective Litigators2007
Annual ConventionFamily Law and Military Matters2007
Guardian ad Litem Basic TrainingModerator2006
Family Law WorkshopWhen the Kids Aren’t Where They Should Be: Modifying and Enforcing Placement,2004
Family Law WorkshopCaselaw Update2002