Family law covers a wide variety of different legal issues. One of the things that makes family law so challenging is that family-based disputes can be especially emotional and sensitive. While this is understandable, intense emotions do sometimes lead people to make poor decisions. If you are involved in a family law case in Wisconsin, it is imperative that you have a skilled legal representative by your side as early on in the process as possible.
One of the most important decisions you will make regarding your family’s present and future legal health is the hiring of your family law attorney. Family law matters are often very emotional. Your lawyer must seek to provide you the best possible legal advice for your situation and offer practical suggestions for efficient resolution of conflicts while also protecting your interests during times of turmoil.
At Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, our Wisconsin divorce and family law attorneys are proud to fight for the rights and interests of clients in Appleton, Neenah, and throughout the surrounding communities. We provide powerful advocacy, sound advice and practical legal solutions throughout your family law needs to protect your interests today and in the future. If you need family law guidance, please do not hesitate to call our law firm today to set up a complimentary telephone consultation.
Divorce is by no means rare in Wisconsin. According to data provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, there were more than 15,000 marital separations finalized in the state in the year 2015 alone. Of course, this does not mean that going through a divorce is easy. If you are getting a divorce in Appleton or Neenah, you should seek guidance from a qualified Wisconsin divorce attorney.
Even if you and your spouse are splitting up on amicable terms, you should still work with a top-rated attorney who can ensure that your parental rights and property rights are fully protected in your marital separation. At Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, we have extensive experience handling all types of divorce cases in Wisconsin. We can help you resolve your divorce in the best possible way, so that you can move forward with your life.
Child Custody and Visitation
As a parent, there is nothing that is more important than your children. Child custody and visitation disputes often involve a lot of raw emotions. In Wisconsin, these cases are resolved under the state’s ‘best interests of the child’ legal standard. Family law courts will make decisions best on what is best for your children. You need to be able to prove that you can provide the best environment for your kids. Our law firm helps parents in Appleton and Neenah protect their rights. We understand that it is ideal to find cooperative solutions to child custody & visitation disputes; at the same time, we are always ready to fight aggressively to protect your rights.
In Wisconsin, custodial parents are sometimes entitled to child support from the non-custodial parent. As stated by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, the state has official child support guidelines that are based on each spouse’s income, and the financial needs of the child in question. Though, these guidelines can be deviated from in some cases. Our family law lawyers have extensive experience handling all sides of child support cases.
Under federal law, both men and women may potentially be able to receive alimony from their former spouse. In Wisconsin, alimony (family maintenance) will always be awarded based on the specific circumstances of the case at hand. At Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, our Appleton & Neenah alimony attorneys represent clients on all sides of family maintenance disputes.
Domestic Violence and Child Neglect
Domestic violence can have a major impact on all different types of family law cases, from divorce proceedings to child custody disputes. If you were a victim of domestic violence in Wisconsin, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney immediately. It is imperative that you protect your legal rights, physical safety, and mental well-being.
On the other hand, if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. False allegations of domestic violence could have a serious adverse impact on your parental rights and financial interests.
Stepparent, Related, and Traditional Adoptions
If you are considering adopting a child in Wisconsin, whether as a stepparent, a blood relative, or another party, you should be represented by an Appleton family law attorney. The legal adoption process is deeply complex and it is full of potential pitfalls. Our dedicated Wisconsin adoption lawyers have the skills and experience required to help you get through the adoption process as quickly and smoothly as possible.
At Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, our Wisconsin family law attorneys handle all aspects of paternity actions. If you are a father who is attempting to secure and protect your parental rights, we can help. Alternatively, if you are a mother who is attempting to prove paternity so that you can obtain child support or any other type of benefits that are owed to you and your children, we can guide you through the legal process.
Parental Rights Actions
Appleton parents have key legal rights. Among other things, parents have the right to seek custody, obtain visitation, and seek child support. In certain circumstances, these parental rights can be terminated by the state of Wisconsin. Our law firm has deep experience handling all aspects of parental action cases. Whether you are seeking to terminate your former partner’s parental rights, or you are fighting to protect your own parental rights, our Appleton family law attorneys are standing by, ready to assist you.
Prenuptial Agreements/Post-Nuptial Agreements
Prior to entering your marriage, you and your partner may wish to sign a prenuptial agreement. These legally binding agreements will control much of your case in the event that you and your spouse ever get divorced. Though, in order to be enforced under Wisconsin law, prenuptial agreements must follow certain key legal standards. Beyond prenuptial agreements, marital couples can also sign a postnuptial agreement after they have already been married. In either case, you should not sign any type of agreement unless you have had it negotiated and reviewed by a qualified attorney.
A guardianship action is a court decision that makes an adult the official legal guardian of a minor. If you are seeking permanent or temporary guardianship of a minor for any reason, you should contact our Wisconsin family law attorneys as soon as possible. We have extensive experience handling complex guardianship cases in Appleton, Neenah, and throughout the Fox Cities.
The Divorce & Family Law practice at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald is led by Attorney William (Bill) Hammett. Attorney Hammett devotes all of his professional skills and energies to representing people in family law matters. He is known throughout the Fox Valley legal community for his expertise and presentations to judges and lawyers on family law topics, and has been named to Wisconsin Super Lawyers and recognized by Law & Politics as one of the top family law attorneys in the State of Wisconsin. Attorney Hammett is also certified as a Guardian ad Litem by the Wisconsin Court System.
At Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, our Wisconsin family law attorneys offer a free initial telephone consultation. You will be able to discuss your situation with an attorney before retaining the firm. Please call the law firm at 920-720-0000 or e-mail them to arrange to speak with an attorney.
With offices in Appleton and Neenah, we serve clients throughout the Fox Valley and Northeastern Wisconsin; the majority of their clients reside in Neenah, Menasha, Oshkosh, Waupaca, Fond du Lac and Green Bay, Wisconsin. If your city is not listed here, please call the law offices to ask about representation or a referral.