Family Law Attorneys

Family Lawyers Representing Burlington, WI & Kenosha, WI 

Emotional, complex legal processes like divorce, child custody and other conflicts involving families are best handled by one of our experienced and friendly Burlington or Kenosha area attorneys, Other family matters handled by the team at Guttormsen & Terry include prenuptial agreements, adoption, child support, same sex issues reproductive rights, paternity and care of the elderly. Initial consultations are free. Call us with your questions to put your mind at ease.

 

Specific Family Law Practice Areas

Divorce

If you’ve reached that point in your relationship where you feel you have no alternative but to explore divorce, your top priority needs to be to get a divorce attorney you are comfortable with and confident in. At Guttormsen & Terry, we have been handling divorce cases discreetly and with compassion for all involved for nearly two decades. You need to know what your options are and what you can expect as you go through this very painful process. We will be there for you every step of the way.

Legal Separation

Sometimes, legal separation makes more sense for the parties than divorce or annulment. Whatever procedure you choose to dissolve your marriage, you and your ex-partner are entitled to certain things. Since Wisconsin is what is known as a “community property state”, all property acquired during the marriage will be divided 50/50. Separate property (property acquired outside of the marriage) will remain the property of that partner. The lawyers at Guttormsen & Terry will know which procedure makes the most sense for you.

Child Custody and Support Disputes

When marriages dissolve, the questions of child custody and support are of paramount importance. Each of the parties needs to know their legal rights and respect the rights of their soon-to-be ex. Both parents normally maintain a continuing relationship with the children. What that means in terms of custody and physical placement, visitation, the costs of child rearing and all of the day-to-day decisions parents must make are all part of the divorce/separation process. A good attorney will help you find a compromise that is in the best interests of both you and your children.

Adoptions and Name Changes

Most adoptions are under the jurisdiction of the state in which you reside. It is very important that you get solid legal counsel during the process. Even “independent adoptions”, where the prospective parents are active participants in selection of the birthmother or the baby, they will require a lawyer in the negotiations with the blood parent. Legal documents that your lawyer can provide will assist you in situations where the birth mother changes her mind or when the baby is born with serious medical complications. A fully-engaged lawyer will not only prepare legal documents and provide guidance on the law, they will also take steps to make the process more personal and less stressful.

People change their names for a variety of reasons. Most common, of course, is when someone marries and decides to take the name of their spouse - either solely, or in a hyphenated version involving both names. But there are other reasons people want or need to change their identity as well. People who undergo gender changes usually change their name. There are sometimes business-related reasons for doing so. Occasionally a person will desire a name or spelling of their name change to blend with modern American culture. There are many other personal reasons as well. But the bottom line is, legally changing your name involves a process where consultation and legal advice from a qualified attorney are vital to doing it right. We at Guttormsen & Terry are anxious to assist you with your desire to legally change your name.