Family law

 

Overcoming family issues with mutually respectful transitions

At the Law Offices of Mark S. Knutson, our family law attorneys handle every case with experience, skill, and compassion. In a divorce or separation, our priorities are clear: The children’s needs come first, then a fair outcome so all parties can coexist as peacefully as possible.

Even in the most amicable cases, allocating decision making authority for the children (custody) and deciding when the kids live with Mom and when they live with Dad (placement) is seldom easy. At the Law Offices of Mark S. Knutson, we believe that the welfare of the children has to be the top priority.

Our custody and placement attorneys can help you get the closure you seek while maintaining a sense of stability. This should also help minimize stress for both the parents and the children.

Once child custody has been decided, child support will be determined. Each parent’s placement time and their incomes will be factored into the calculation. Both parents are required to support their children up to age 18 and through completion of high school.

At the Law Offices of Mark S. Knutson, we will help you review all of your options so that you can best prepare for your child’s financial needs.

Maintenance / Spousal Support / Alimony

 

When a marriage ends in divorce, it doesn’t eliminate the obligations one spouse has to another, including financial support. When it comes to the type of support, this assistance recognizes one of the partner’s contributions to the marriage and is intended to help them become financially stable and independent.

As family law attorneys, we can guide you through this process and establish support that bridges the financial gap and allows both partners to move on.

Property Division

 

While Wisconsin's family law property division rules generally provide that all marital assets are to be divided equally, it doesn't necessarily mean one will give up half of everything you have in the event a marriage ends. We can help you keep your pension or the marital home along with your inherited assets.

Regardless of your stage in life, we can counsel you on retirement accounts, debts, investments, insurance, vehicles and other personal property to help you best plan the next season of your life.

Paternity

Because paternity is not determined solely by a birth certificate or blood test, a father who is not married to the mother of his children needs to acknowledge his paternity in one of several ways or he could lose his parental right to another man who makes the effort to become the child’s presumed father.

Establishing paternity is the first step in determining the father’s legal obligations. Whether you are trying to establish paternity or whether you think you have no legal obligations to a child, it is important to speak to a family law attorney to learn more. We can help you with your paternity concerns.

Family law cases are often complicated and sensitive. When individuals fight over child custody, finances, and property, the stakes are high and the emotions are strong. The Law Offices of Mark S. Knutson handles all family law cases with experience, skill, and compassion.

Allow our exceptional attorneys to help you with the following areas of family law:

  • Divorce – traditional or collaborative
  • Separation
  • Maintenance and alimony
  • Child support
  • Support modification
  • Child custody and placement
  • Guardian ad litem
  • Post-judgment disputes
  • Restraining orders
  • Grandparents’ rights
  • Paternity
  • Marital property agreements

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 most areas of 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.