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Ginger L. Murray

Madison Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Do we allow visitation or wait for paternity test?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Ginger L. Murray
    2. Jane E Probst
    3. James CW Bock
    3 lawyer answers

    First of all, congratulations. There really is no right or wrong answer to your question. Your facts don't indicate that your daughter or your family doubts he is the father. If that is correct, then you, your daughter, your grandbaby and the father will be connected for a lifetime. The decisions you make now will impact how the relationships develop. The child psychologists generally agree that for an infant the frequency of visits rather than the duration is most important, so daily...

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  2. In Wisconsin, can a parent with their child move without having to notify the other parent; if it's less than 150 miles?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Ginger L. Murray
    2. James CW Bock
    2 lawyer answers

    Moving less than 150 miles does not trigger the notice that you have properly recited for moves that are greater than 150 miles or out of state. The issue raised in the facts you present is whether or not such a move would likely interfere with the placement as currently ordered. The point isn't really about getting permission from the father but rather is about not creating obstacles for the other parent and his relationship with the child. If his placement is every other weekend and...

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  3. I am being sued for the second mortgage on my ex and my old house, which he agreed to pay per our divorce agreement. Help?

    Answered 14 days ago.

    1. Ginger L. Murray
    2. Robert Ricci
    3. James CW Bock
    3 lawyer answers

    You are in a very vulnerable situation as you surrendered any interest you had in the home when you signed the quit claim deed and yet according to your explanation, your name remains on the debt. As you indicate, his failure to follow a court order is contempt of that court order. I have been involved in cases in which the lender allows additional time while the "innocent spouse" tries to get enforcement from the family court. You can get a motion for contempt heard, in most cases, in...

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  4. Our agreement, my ex-wife have the kids for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. David S. Kowalski
    2. Mary Katherine Brown
    3. Ginger L. Murray
    4. Jeffrey W. Jensen
    5. Robert J Adams Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    We are talking about you getting to spend more holiday time with your children, so my initial reaction is to suggest that you ask yourself do you really think this is an issue you want to pursue in court. You may be better off trying to resolve this issue directly with the children's mother. It appears that you need to create an mechanism that requires more timely notice of confirmation/cancelation of placement. Consider informing the children's mother of how difficult it is to deal with the...

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  5. Is it legal to remarry in California less than 6 months after a divorce is finalized in Wisconsin? Would the courts there care?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Ginger L. Murray
    2 lawyer answers

    The court officials in WI are required to tell divorcing parties that that they may not remarry anytime within the next 6 months. The courts are to tell these divorcing parties that any marriage within 6 months will be void or voidable. Each of the 50 states are expected to give full faith and credit to other state court orders and therefore CA should uphold the WI law that forbids such remarriage within 6 months.

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  6. My husband just filed for divorce..his father died last year and we moved into that house. Our home eventually went into

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Ginger L. Murray
    2. R. S. Missimer
    3. Robert Daniel Kelly
    4. Martin Stephen Sir
    4 lawyer answers

    The issues you raise are very complex. Wisconsin law deems all assets and debts at the time of the divorce as part of the marital estate, which are presumably to be divided 50/50. However, the law allows for 2 exceptions: gifts and inheritance. If the inheritance (home) was never commingled with marital assets/debt, he will likely convince the court to deem the home as part of his inheritance. Normally, you would not be entitled to any portion of the inheritance. However there is an...

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  7. I have joint custody with my ex I believe I have physical custody, my daughter has lived with me all of her 10 yr life now he

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Ginger L. Murray
    2. Cheryl P. Baraty
    3. R. S. Missimer
    4 lawyer answers

    In order for a parent to get a new placement schedule, that parent will need to prove to the court 1) that there has been a substantial change of circumstances since the initial court order and 2) that a change is in your daughter's best interest. If the father wants a change and you do not agree to his request, he will need to file a motion with the court to make his request. There is a presumption that the current placement order is in your daughter's best interest. IF he files a...

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  8. Can I get a lawyer when I am 13? I don't want to live with my mom and I would rather live with my grandmother.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Ginger L. Murray
    1 lawyer answer

    There should be a guardian ad litem to represent your interest. A guardian ad litem (GAL) is an attorney that the court appoints to represent the best interest of the child(ren) when there is a dispute about custody/placement or other concern about the wellbeing of a child. Part of the GAL's role is to specifically state the child's wishes, which may or may not be the same as what the GAL thinks is best for the child. Although the court will not wish to have direct contact with you, you...

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  9. How should I handle this? I know I need to go back to court but can't afford a lawyer.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Tajara Dommershausen
    2. Nick Passe
    3. Ginger L. Murray
    3 lawyer answers

    You should check the resources in your area. For example, in Dane County there is a Family Law Assistance Program available at the courthouse. In Waukesha COunty they have a fantastic legal resource center, complete with forms. In several counties there are domestic violence advoicates that are very knowledgeable about how to work within the court system to address concerns with domestic violence. I would start by calling the Family Court Commissioner in your county. The staff in that...

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  10. What can a father do about a mother withholding their kids from him.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. R. S. Missimer
    2. Ginger L. Murray
    3. Tajara Dommershausen
    3 lawyer answers

    IF there is truly a legal separation, then the father should enforce the order regarding custody and placement. If the divorce papers have been filed, then the father has the ability to seek an order regarding custody and placement in that action. If the mother is not willing to agree to a temporary order, then the father can seek a temporary order from the family court commissioner. In WI, so long as there are no issues of abuse, addiction or other like problems, it is presumed that the...

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