When you are in a difficult marriage situation and need advice or protection, we’re here for you. Regardless of why you’re in this situation, we can guide you through it. Ending your marriage will have stressful moments, but it does not have to be an adversarial process. We have been able to settle many clients’ cases through mediation avoiding a lengthy courtroom battle.
Ultimately, our goal is to reach a settlement that promotes your priorities as well as the best interests of your family members, especially the children. From divorce and legal separation to restraining orders and marital property agreements, we offer a listening ear, wise counsel and forceful advocacy if needed.
While we have done traditional divorces for decades, and continue to be available for those cases, we encourage the parties to embrace the collaborative divorce process where appropriate. It focuses on helping family members transition in a mutually respectful manner. Our collaborative divorce law practice is a unique alternative to handling divorce cases and other family law matters. It is founded on three core principles: a written pledge to not take the dispute to court, open communication between the parties, and negotiations that lead to a mutually acceptable settlement.
In addition to specially trained attorneys, you may use mental health practitioners and financial specialists in the collaborative process to ensure positive outcomes for all members of your family. Contact our office when you need advice or protection in a difficult marriage situation. We will discuss your rights and responsibilities, and the divorce process options.
Legal separation is an alternative for people who wish to avoid divorce with the hope of reconciliation or for other personal reasons. Separation involves the same legal procedures as divorce and therefore requires property division and determination of child custody and placement, where necessary. The court may order maintenance and child support payments.
If the relationship is not restored during the separation, after one year either spouse can seek to have a legal separation converted into a divorce without the other spouse’s consent. In that case, traditional divorce or collaborative divorce can be pursued.
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The Law Offices of Mark S. Knutson is a full-service law firm located in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Led by Attorney Mark Knutson, our experienced legal team represents clients in the areas of Family Law, Divorce, Wills & Estate Planning, Civil Litigation, Probate, Business & Corporate, and Real Estate while maintaining the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. We serve Southeast Wisconsin including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Dodge, and Jefferson counties.
When the time is right, call for help. We offer a reduced rate for your first consultation. If regular business hours won’t fit your schedule, we’ve made additional hours available by appointment for your convenience.