Family Law in Madison, Wisconsin


Family and Divorce Law

We understand that family law involves sensitive, complex issues. Paula Doyle is a responsive, compassionate attorney who uses her experience in family law to minimize the disruption legal proceedings can cause in both your business and family life.

Our family law practice includes:

* Divorce and Legal Separation
* Marital Property and Prenuptial Agreements
* Custody Disputes
* Adoption
* Guardianship of Minors

We are committed to providing our clients with the most effective transition, in both their personal and business lives.


Deciding to pursue divorce is one of the most difficult and emotional decisions you will ever make, particularly if you have children. Divorce also involves financial matters that must be resolved and legal issues that must be addressed. Ms. Doyle can help you to understand the basic issues involved in divorce and to use a rational approach to the divorce process.

Child Custody

When parents divorce, it is important to learn about the child custody and visitation options that are available and the legal standards that apply. In many cases, divorcing couples can ultimately agree on custody and visitation issues without the need for a court order. When an agreement cannot be reached, knowledgeable advice and representation from a knowledgeable family law attorney can often make the difference.

Many options regarding the division of custody rights and responsibilities between divorcing parents exist. More and more, courts are encouraging parents to continue working together to raise their children even after their marriage has ended. Custody arrangements commonly include the following:

* Sole Custody: Sole physical custody occurs when one parent retains the exclusive, primary right to have the child live with him or her. Sole legal custody occurs when one parent has the exclusive right to control the child’s upbringing. The most common type of sole custody is sole physical custody with joint legal custody and a generous visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent. When one parent ends up with the primary responsibility for the couple’s children, the other parent, known as the non-custodial parent, usually has a right to maintain contact with the children through ongoing visitation.

* Joint Custody: In joint custody, parents share responsibility for decision-making, for physical control and custody of the children, or for both.

* Split Custody: Split custody is a less popular resolution where each parent takes custody of different children.

* Shared Parenting: Shared parenting is a relatively new concept in child custody that has been adopted in several states. In shared parenting, children usually spend equal amounts of time with each parent and the parents share legal and physical custody.

Child Support

There are millions of divorced parents who pay or receive child support. Federal legislation and uniform state laws exist to make enforcement and collection of child support easier for America’s single parents. Because every state uses its own guidelines for establishing child support and each has various methods to set support amounts and recover support when it is overdue, it is important to consult with a family law attorney who is familiar with the child support guidelines and child support enforcement laws in your state. If you have questions about the child support laws in Wisconsin, the rules for child support collection and enforcement that apply to your particular situation, or the process to establish paternity, contact Paula Doyle to schedule a consultation.

Categories : Family Law