Family Law: What Legal Services are Available to You

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Protecting your family is your top priority. If there are any legal or safety concerns for your children or spouse, you need to take every precaution. There are a number of services a family law attorney can assist you with. From filing divorce and custody arrangements to spousal and child support, a family law attorney will be able to help you navigate through these sensitive areas. Below are the eight main legal services that are available to you through a family law attorney.


Divorce is a difficult area of family law, both in the procedures and in the emotions involved. Your situation will dictate what kind of divorce you file, whether it is contested or uncontested. Hiring a divorce attorney will give you the best chance for the outcome you desire. Divorce is messy, especially if children are involved. However, with the right attorney on your side, you will have guidance throughout the entire process to receive the best outcome for your situation.

Child Custody

Child custody is a sensitive matter to everyone involved, especially the children themselves. Custody arrangements should be made in the best interest of the children. Whether a couple is getting divorced or an unmarried couple is determining the custody of their children, having a family law attorney will help make the process go as smoothly as possible. In the best-case scenarios, both parents can be involved in making decisions about the children’s upbringing such as medical issues and schooling.

Spousal Support

The financial implications of divorce are one of the most complicated elements of filing for divorce. Typically, most spouses want to maintain their standard of living while they were married, and the dividing of assets can become complicated. If you are in need of spousal support or alimony or are being asked to provide those, having an experienced attorney on your side is your best chance at receiving your desired outcome.

Property Division

Dividing up assets in divorce is a complicated process, and especially because Wisconsin is a community property state. This means that any property or assets acquired during your marriage will be divided equally between you and your spouse, no matter whose name is listed. However, there are a few exceptions to this. For example, if you owned the assets before you were married or if you inherited any assets with just your name on the will, then you can keep the assets in their entirety. With the intricacy of property division, having a dedicated attorney will help you get what you deserve.

Child Support

The law generally dictates how much child support should be paid based on the set support guidelines based on income and other factors. However, you can work within the guidelines to receive the best outcome for the situation. A qualified family attorney will understand the laws and what the options are. An attorney can also help enforce the court orders if you do not receive the support you are entitled to.

Orders of Protection

Orders of protection are meant to keep a spouse and child safe from domestic violence. This can provide the spouse and child with safety and support, away from the abusive party. If you are in need of an order of protection, connect with an attorney today to get the support you need.


Typically, paternity is necessary when an unwed father wishes to establish paternity of a child or a mother wants to establish paternity to receive child support from the father. To legally obtain parental rights or set up obligations, there needs to be more than adding the father’s name to the birth certificate. Hiring a family law attorney will be the best way to navigate establishing paternity.


Mediation can be the quickest and least expensive solution to settling family law cases. Going to court can be a long and expensive process. Plus, it will be more taxing for your children as the case draws out. If the divorcing spouses can agree and come to terms together, mediation will be the least stressful solution for everyone involved.

There are a number of areas of family law that can help your situation. By hiring an experienced attorney from Dahlberg Law Group, you will have the support and representation needed for your case.

Connect with Family Law Attorney Paul Santilli

Family Law Attorney Paul Santilli has over 20 years of family law experience in Wisconsin. During those years, Paul has served as a Deputy Family Court Commissioner, State’s Attorney for Child Support, Divorce Attorney, Guardian ad Litem, and Mediator. Whatever area of family law you need representation or counsel for, Paul is ready to work with you on your case. Connect with Paul today by setting up a consultation.

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