Family Law

Protecting your financial future

Protecting your financial future and the best interests of your children

Marriage has significant implications to the classification of the income, assets and debts of both spouses. Walny Legal Group has the legal expertise necessary to advise, draft, and negotiate prenuptial and postnuptial marital property agreements.

Even with the best of intentions, some marriages don’t work out. Divorce or legal separation necessarily involves dividing income, assets, and debts, which has a significant impact on your financial future. If you have minor children, the divorce or legal separation necessarily involves custody and placement arrangements, and it is important to ensure that your children’s best interests are protected.

We understand the financial and emotional impact our clients are faced with when dissolving a marriage. Walny Legal Group helps clients protect their financial future and the best interests of their children by providing the highest level of care and expertise. We are skilled in all process options, including collaborative family law, family law mediation, and divorce litigation.

Marital Property Agreements

Under Wisconsin’s marital property law, entering a marriage has significant implications to the classification of the income, assets, and debts of both spouses. Walny Legal Group has the legal expertise necessary to advise you on marital property law and discuss whether it is in your best interests to enter into a prenuptial or postnuptial marital property agreement. If such an agreement is advisable, we will advocate on your behalf in negotiating and drafting the agreement to ensure your interests are protected.

Collaborative Family Law

Collaborative family law is a problem-solving, interest-based resolution process that removes the threat of litigation from the divorce process by an agreement that the court will not be used to resolve the issues. The goal is to create resolutions that are in the best financial and emotional interests of the family as a whole, so that instead of tearing the family apart through litigation, the family is reassembled in a way that each member can have a successful post-separation future. This process is extremely beneficial for families with minor children because the best interests of the children are at the forefront of all discussions and child specialists use their expertise to help the parents achieve a parenting plan in their children’s best interests.

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Family Law Mediation

In mediation, the mediator serves as a neutral third party to assist the couple in reaching agreements to resolve the issues in their divorce or legal separation, including property division, support, custody, and placement. The mediator provides information about the divorce process and guides the discussion to help the couple reach agreements. The mediator cannot provide legal advice to either spouse and cannot advocate for either spouse.

Because the mediator cannot provide legal advice, many clients will hire an attorney to consult with during the mediation process. Walny Legal Group serves as both the neutral mediator for both parties or as an advocate for one spouse in the mediation process.

Divorce Litigation

In the traditional legal process, the attorney uses the legal system to advocate for the position of the client. Most cases use negotiation as a method of resolving the issues, but if agreements cannot be reached, the case is litigated before a judge who will make the ultimate decisions to resolve the case.

A traditional divorce case may need to use formal legal procedures, such as discovery (method of obtaining documents and information), expert witnesses, depositions and court hearings, or trial. If custody and placement is not resolved by agreement, the court will appoint a Guardian ad Litem to investigate and give a recommendation regarding the children’s best interests.

A vast majority of traditional family law cases resolve through negotiation without the need for a trial before the judge. Walny Legal Group is experienced in both negotiation and litigation to effectively advocate for the interests of our clients.

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