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Ginger L. Murray

Family Attorney at Madison, WI

4.7   19 reviews

also known as Your Family Law Center

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  • Licensed for 27 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1996
    Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ginger

Learn Ginger’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    We are available as counsel for the parents/parties or as guardian ad litem. Whether there can be an amicable agreement or lofty litigation, we are experienced and ready to lead you through your case.

    28 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Family
    This is a very broad definition and truly reflects our work. Most any case that impacts your family ... is a case we are prepared to handle!

    28 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Child custody
    Child custody is often included in contested & uncontested divorce/legal separation/paternity cases. This category reflects cases in which the client's only issue is child support. We will zealousy advocate for your child(ren)'s best interest(s).

    28 years, 1,500 cases

  4. Child support
    Many contested and uncontested divorces include child support. This category reflects clients who ONLY have a child support issue. We are able to quickly assess the need for support/ability of the parents to pay support and advocate your position.

    28 years, 2,000 cases

  5. Adoption
    We represent parents in step-parent adoptions, and/or serve as guardian ad litem is these cases as well as TRP/adoptions.

    23 years, 25 cases

  6. Domestic violence
    While DV is present in many of our contested cases (see above), this category refers to DV injunctions/restraining orders.

    28 years, 50 cases

  7. Uncontested divorce
    When parties do not have a dispute, the case can be processed with great efficiency and using very cost-effective means. 85% of our cases ultimately settle, but only about 5% are truly processed without ANY dispute.

    28 years, 1,000 cases


For nearly 30 years, my career continues to focus on helping families going through transitions.  I have advanced training from attending top notch seminars with the best presenters from all over the United States, Ireland, and Australia.  In addition to years of training, I have years of experience serving as guardian ad litem, attorney for parent(s)/guardians, arbitrator, mediator, litigator and parent cordinator.  I also spent years presiding over family law matters (custody, divorce, legal separation, paternity, support, etc.) as the Family Court Commissioner in two counties. 

It is my passion to help families get through what can be extremely emotionally taxing cases, in ways that focus on children, and help reduce the trauma they experience as their family environment shifts.  As a former Mathlete, (yep, I was on my high school math team), I welcome the challenge of working through the financial matters involved in divorces/legal separations, including: business interests, gifts, inheritance, prenuptial agreements, and determining the proper income for self or under employed parties to achieve fair support (child and spousal) orders. A strategy is created with each client, with an eye toward the end result that best suits my client's needs.  When I am not at work, I am with my husband, two daughters, pets, at the lake, or training for my next triathlon (having already completed an ironman)!


AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice

Photos and videos

Here is my picture from the night I was declared the Winner of the Biggest Loser competition at the Prairie Athletic Club in Sun Prairie, WI.


Your Family Law Center, SC
152 W. Johnson St.
Suite 210
Madison, WI, 53703
Jefferson Office - by appointment only
121 E. Racine Street
Jefferson, WI, 53549
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4.7 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Ginger
We hired Ginger to represent us in a complicated, frustrating and emotional case regarding a family matter after she was referred to us. We are very appreciative for everything Ginger has done for our family. Each time the other party took us to court (yes there have been several) not only was Ginger able to have everything dismissed but she also was able to have an order approved for the individual to pay for our attorney fees, each time. The other thing that I have appreciated about working with Ginger is that she's direct and straight to the point. This reduces unnecessary communications so that you really are only paying fees to her for what's absolutely necessary. We trust and respect her and recommend her without hesitation.
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Response from Ginger Murray September 30, 2019
Thank you for sharing your positive experience with me as your attorney. I am glad that I was able to take over and follow through on all the unfinished issues, and ongoing complications!
Posted by Marie | May 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ginger is your lawyer! If you would like a lawyer that listens to you and puts your best interst a heart.
At the beginning I was a little skeptical about hiring a lawyer, all I would hear from people is that lawyers like to cause problems. I asked Ginger to keep my children’s best interest at heart. Ginger not only did it, but listen to what I needed. Ginger and her team handled my case with professionalism and efficiency. Thank you Ginger for helping me attain peace of mind.
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Response from Ginger Murray May 20, 2019
Thank you for sharing your experience. I am sure you are not the only parent who struggles with whether or not to hire an attorney. It is very reassuring to learn that I was able to provide the legal services you wanted for your family law matter!
Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
She cares a lot about her clients are has great service! I’d recommend her services to anyone in the area
Response from Ginger Murray February 4, 2022
Thank you for posting your response. I think it is helpful for others to know that sometimes a consult is all that is needed.
Posted by Isaac | October 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ginger is Amazing!!
When I needed to get custody of my daughter quickly I was referred to Ginger at Your Family Law Center. She met with my wife and I promptly to discuss the situation we found our daughter in. Not only was she able to find information about my ex and her husband to properly paint the picture of horror my daughter was living in. But with her incredible work we were granted exactly what we needed to provide our daughter with a more stable and healthier home environment. I would highly recommend Ginger, so much so that I have already referred a family member to her services. Ginger was kind and understanding with my ex's situation but demanded no nonsense in the matter of our daughter's safety.
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Posted by Michael | September 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
suggesting hiring attorney Murray
Attorney Murray has been doing an excellent job in handling my very difficult and miss know it all exwife
Response from Ginger Murray October 1, 2020
Thank you Michael. She sure does seem to like to return to court. It has been my pleasure representing you. I am glad that we continue to convince the courts to order her to reimburse your attorney fees.
Posted by Ami | December 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My lawyer was awesome! She did such an professional job and she was more than enough fair with the other party. She worked at a high level of professionalism and she tried to settle out of court so my bill would not be so high. She kept in contact with me during the process and cares about her clients.
Response from Ginger Murray December 26, 2019
Thank you Ami. I know you said that you were initially concerned about switching to me as you already had a lawyer. Thankfully you did so we could get you out of the mess that was created with the first order! I am so glad that the judge saw things just as I argued them so you have the support that you need for the next 12 years!
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Posted by Earl | October 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ginger did an excellent job my case separation from my Wife I would recommend her to any person. she is A 5 star
Response from Ginger Murray October 21, 2019
It was a pleasure representing you in your legal separation. Your case was very unique and given that your wife hired 3 different attorneys, the case took longer than needed. I am honored that you allowed me to see you through to the end.
Posted by Mark | October 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Knowledgeable, Experienced and Proactive in Family, Divorce and seperation , Child Custody
Ginger L. Murray helped us to adopt our two oldest adult grandchildren and get legal custody of our minor Grandson. Her knowledge of the law and court system as well as her ability to work with other attorneys was invaluable. We chose her because we had dealt with her before in regards to Family law matters. The whole legal process lasted just 8 months. We were aware of every possible issue throughout. Communication was fast, accurate and professional with all parties involved. The overall resulting benefits far exceeded the costs. I highly recommend Ginger Murray and her law firm to anyone needing legal counsel in these areas.
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Response from Ginger Murray October 21, 2019
Thank you for trusting me with all your family law matters. Adoptions are the best, as we get to use our efforts to create a family! Thankfully both parents were in agreement as that always makes things better for the kids!
Posted by Jen | July 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly knowledgeable in high conflict divorce
Ginger has been a game changer for me and my kids. She is knowledgeable about the process, listens intently to the goals you have for your case, and is very balanced in her approach to get the best outcome. When in a long initial divorce proceeding, or when in a high conflict divorce where court contact is frequent or many years, she is able to keep the bigger picture in mind. She is incredibly attentive to detail and consistently shows up for court prepared. Alternatively, she is also highly skilled at working with the other party to settle differences and come to agreement outside of court to attain the very best outcomes possible, especially when children are involved. She is a straight shooter and will let you know when you are asking for something unreasonable, or when case law does not support your request. She is incredibly respectful of what has brought you to her, and understands the psychological aspects of personality disorders. The only down side is that Ginger is very good- and therefore very busy. She will always be prepared and meet deadlines, but at times you will need to be patient and persistent in getting the document drafted, or a response if it is not of urgency. Living this life personally for many years, and being a professional in the field of high conflict divorce/GAL/custody evaluations, I can not say how much I appreciate being able to have Ginger be a part of my team in this process.
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Response from Ginger Murray March 17, 2019
Thank you Jen. It has been my privilege to help you in your high conflict family law matter. Also, thank you for being understanding when other clients' cases have caused me not to be immediately available. My team continues to work on making sure that someone will be available to take and respond to your calls/questions/concerns.
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Posted by Ozioma | June 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney par excellence!
I hired Atty Murray under very difficult and complicated circumstances. My divorce had gone sideways, way sideways in more ways than I care to enumerate. The upshot: I had hired an attorney who held himself out to be an expert in family law. Turned out he could not tell his nose from his toes when it came to family law. What's worse, his license to practice law was suspended and he neither informed me, nor the opposing party, nor the courts! Add to this a very greedy and vindictive ex and an opposing counsel who was unethical at best (e.g., flagrantly misrepresented the facts multiple times all under the guise of "advocating for my client"), not to mention being superfluously litigious (my ex's total attorney fees exceeded $100,000 ... and my ex does not even make that much annually ... sad!). Anyway, despite the odds stacked heavily against me, and time running out fast (trial was roughly two months away), Atty Murray agreed to take my case and, boy, did she come out swinging! She promptly contacted all relevant parties and notified them that the injustices in the case needed to be righted. When she could not get them to cooperate, she filed superbly-crafted motions with the courts ... and came back again ... and again. I could go on and on about the tremendous work Atty Murray (and her then associate Atty Jessa Hackman) did in this case. Suffice it to say that I would unhesitatingly recommend Atty Murray to anyone going thru a divorce, whether contested or not. She not only knows the law inside out--and has a commanding courtroom presence--but will advocate for you zealously. "Indefatigable" is a word that came to my mind over and over in the months we worked together. She is also compassionate and her billing is both reasonable and transparent. Thank you Atty Murray. In my eyes, you are attorney par excellence!
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Response from Ginger Murray November 5, 2019
Thank you Ozioma. Your case was by far one of the most complicated cases to step into at the 11th hour. As you noted, I dug in and did the best I could considering where the case was at the time I was hired. Thanks again for the strong endorsement of my knowledge of the law, zealous advocacy, and work ethic.
Posted by Todd | June 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent divorce attorney!
I'm sure that divorce is never easy, but Atty. Murray made my difficult divorce run smoothly. She is extremely knowledgeable, competent, and professional. She gave excellent, experienced advice, while still making sure to keep me constantly involved and that the decisions made were my own. On a personal note, Ginger is compassionate and understands family situations so well. I am very grateful for her reassurance, confidence, and for putting my mind at ease during one of the most stressful and difficult times of my life. Highly recommend!!
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Response from Ginger Murray June 19, 2018
Thank you Todd. It was a pleasure working with you.
Posted by Amy | January 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best attorney!!
Ginger is professional, motivated & effective! I highly recommend her & her team for all family law issues.
Response from Ginger Murray June 19, 2018
Thank you Amy!
Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly, a lifesaver!
I contacted Your Family Law Center a few months ago when my marriage exploded. Ginger didn't waste time, she caught herself up with our history and we were ready for our first injunction hearing in a week. Ginger is straight forward, she gives you real information that is at times tough to hear but without her guidance and strength my family and I would be in a much different situation. I could tell the second that we walked in the court room as the security guards welcomed her and wished her luck that I had made the right decision. I have two young children, it has never been an issue to have them along if I have to stop in to meet or sign paperwork. The office staff is friendly and the administrative assistant welcomes the girls with open arms. Ashley, the paralegal is more like a detective :) She is very intellegent, quick and organized. If you are looking for a supportive, caring, and welcoming team to really work to do what's best for you and your family, Your Family Law Center is absolutely the right choice.
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Response from Ginger Murray November 5, 2019
Thank you for your kind words. At Your Family Law Center, we know that when the family case involves an injunction hearing, there is no time to waste, as those hearings are scheduled within 2 weeks. I am glad to learn that your work with our team was a positive experience for you, including the trips to the office with kiddos. We realize that many clients are just learning how to be a single parent. That is why we have the kids room so kiddos can play games, read books, draw, etc. while parents are meeting with our family law team.
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Posted by Becky | September 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Attorney
Divorce is hard at any age. But for me I was 66, married 43 years and used to relying on my ex-husband for my future financial planning. Ginger and her team listened to me, sorted through my mess and dealt with my ex husband's difficult attorney. She directed me to other professionals when I needed more assistance. The team always kept me informed in a very professional manner when often I may not have been. I am forever grateful to Ginger and her team.
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Response from Ginger Murray September 22, 2015
Thank you for the kind words Becky. It was truly our honor to help you through this difficult stage in your life. I wish you well in your retirement and with those new grand babies!
Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fast response
Assistant emailed me right away to set up free 30 minutes phone consultation to discuss my concerns. Will be addressing this next week.
Posted by Kevin | May 19, 2015
Everything I needed from a divorce attorney
Ginger and Kari and everyone at Your Family Law were so helpful in the outcome of my divorce. I think they have a unique sense of who you are and from that determine what you need. Ginger's strength and determination, mixed with years of experience afforded me the ability to sit back and let her do her job. Guaranteed, smartest person in the room. Her extensive lists of contacts, from divorce coaches to advisors made life so much easier when things were at their most confusing. And Kari at YFL was hands-on, easy to work with and just terrific. She's Very accessible. Never having to have gone through a divorce before, they made everything feel safe. Their confidence was assuring. I don't know it necessary to generally like your divorce attorneys, but with this group, it was easy.
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Response from Ginger Murray June 11, 2015
Thank you Kevin. It was an honor to represent you. You are clearly a great dad: I'm glad we were able to get the results you deserve!!
Posted by Kim | January 9, 2013
A Great Custody Lawyer
Ginger at Lawtoncates Help me get Sole Legal Custody and Primary Placement of my Son .She is a great lawyer she will fight for you and help you .Ginger is very knowlegeable and knows what she is doing. I'm very happy because My Son is safe today and is with Me and My Son is Very Happy has well. If you need a lawyer for Custody Get Ginger at L&C Thanks Ginger
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Posted by Jill | October 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced Attorney
I retained Ginger for both my divorce and for a motion that was filed against me by my narcissistic ex husband for a reduction in child support not even a year after my divorce was final. Ginger, being a mother herself, was very sensitive to my situation. She is a genuine caring woman who took the time to find out about my kids and my situation on a more personal level. Not to mention her court room demeanor was more than exceptional. My case was handled extremely well and I am satisfied with the results. I would highly recommend Ginger.
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Response from Ginger Murray November 5, 2019
Thank you for your recommendation. It was my pleasure helping you with your family law matter.
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We ended up having to hire someone else...
We hired Ginger to take care of our case and over the course of several months I never had any idea what she was doing for us. She had pawned our case off onto a colleague because she was busy but things still weren’t being done efficiently. Everything was typed wrong and we were paying over $300 an hour for her to waste months of our time. When we hired another lawyer amour case was handled, start to finish, within a month and we always knew what was going on with our case. You should never be left to wonder what is happening for WEEKS at a time when there is the custody of a child at stake.
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Response from Ginger Murray June 19, 2018
I am saddened and confused to read that someone thought that I was not available for his/her/their case. In an effort to keep costs down for clients, an associate is often called up to help with initial drafting, compiling exhibits, and providing updates, as the associate charges 50% of my hourly rate. I never "hand off" a client to another lawyer for hearings or substantive matters, without a client's permission. I am sorry that you felt left out of the loop as I wholeheartedly agree that custody and placement of children deserves the utmost attention.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President, Lead Family Law Atty.
  • Your Family Law Center, SC
  • 2014 - Present
  • President
  • Lawton & Cates, SC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Family Court Commissioner
  • Oneida County
  • 2001 - 2004
  • City Attorney
  • City of Crandon
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Family and Circuit Court Commissioner
  • Forest County
  • 2000 - 2004
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  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Borreson v. Yunto, Appeal No. 2005AP190 , COURT OF APPEALS OF WISCONSIN, 2006 WI App 63; 292 Wis. 2d 231;
  • Make-up placement time and atty/GAL fees awarded.


  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Founding Member for WI Chapter
  • 2014 - Present
  • Wisconsin Inter-Professional Committee on Divorce
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Office of Lawyer Regulation: District Committee
  • Member/Investigator
  • 2009 - Present
  • James E. Doyle American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Children & Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Past Chair
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
  • Fundraising Committee Member
  • 2006 - 2008
  • State Bar of Wisconsin: Mock Trial
  • Judge
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Legal Association for Women
  • member
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Office of Lawyer Regulation
  • Committee Chairperson
  • 2003 - 2016
  • Lions Club (Crandon)
  • Past President
  • 1998 - 2004
  • Wabeno High School
  • Mock Trial Coach
  • 1995 - 2004
  • Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity
  • member
  • 1993 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Silver Medal: 2nd place for my division
  • JayHawk Late Bird Triathon
  • 2009
  • Charles O. Easterling Memorial Scholarship Recipient
  • Mississippi Public Defender
  • 1995
  • WIPCOD Scholarship
  • Wisconsin Professional Council on Divorce
  • N/A
  • Scholarship
  • American Bar Association/ American Law Institute Environmental Law Division
  • N/A
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  • NBI
  • Violence in the Home
  • 2012
  • 2008
  • Wisconsin Woman
  • Restraining Orders
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lexis-Nexis National Sales Meeting
  • Client Panel
  • 2011
  • Summer Camp Training
  • Legal Implications for Camp Counselors
  • 2009
  • Public Hearing
  • Wisconsin Indian Child Welfarw Act
  • 2009
  • 26th Annual Family Law Workshop
  • Basic Divorce 101
  • 2007
  • annual presentation
  • Legal Implications when you turn 18
  • 2004
  • National Business Institute: Child Custody and Visitation
  • Parent Child Contact
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Ginger
Family Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Ginger Murray because of her knowledge, experience and fortitude, all of which serve her clients well. She is respected by judges and fellow lawyers alike. She advocates strongly on behalf of her clients."
Adoption Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Ginger for family law issues. I have worked with Ginger on some very difficult cases, on both the same and opposing sides of tough issues. She is a skilled advocate, and cares about her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Other
"Ginger has always been a passionate an effective advocate. She is respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Murray combines that rare collection of competency, caring and innovation which makes her a 'first choice' attorney in family law matters."
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