Grandparents Visitation Rights
Stepparents, Great Grandparents Visitation Rights

Wisconsin Family Law Attorneys

Under Wisconsin law, a Court can order visitation of a child with his or her Grandparents, Great Grandparents or Stepparents. That law is often referred to as, 'Grandparents Visitation Rights', and it recently changed

What is involved in resolving visitation?

If there is a dispute, Parents and Grandparents, Great Grandparents or Stepparents will generally be court ordered to mediation to attempt to resolve their differences.

What happens if we come to an agreement in mediation?

If the parties are successful in mediation, their agreement will become the order of the Court.

What happens if mediation fails to result in an agreement?

If the parties are not able to reach an agreement, the Court will likely appoint a Guardian Ad Litem to represent the best interests of the child. The matter will be reviewed at a hearing with input from a Guardian Ad Litem, and if necessary, the case will be scheduled for trial. Throughout the process, Attorney Alan Hoff, Attorney Elizabeth Ryan-Panzer and Attorney Heather Claringbole are prepared to zealously advocate for their client's position.

Can other parties petition the Court for visitation?

Other third parties, including non-family members, may petition for visitation if they can show that they have maintained a parent-like relationship with the minor child.

The Court's decision is made based on what is in the child's best interest. As part of that consideration, deference is given to the decisions of fit parents.

What if the parents are not married?

Grandparents, Great Grandparents and Stepparents may petition for visitation regardless of whether the parents are or have ever been married.

Must a parent-like relationship exist with the child for visitation?

Recent Changes To Wisconsin Laws on 'Grandparents Visitation'

On Thursday, April 7, 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a major decision on the question of grandparent and stepparent visitation. 

The Supreme Court’s decision holds that Stepparents, Grandparents and Great Grandparents need not prove a parent-child relationship to succeed on a petition for visitation

Wisconsin Courts may grant visitation rights to Stepparents, Grandparents and Great Grandparents when it is in the best interest of the child to do so.

What if paternity must be proven?

The attorneys at Hoff & Panzer represent parents in paternity actions as well.

Are Hoff & Panzer Attorneys experienced with
Child Custody, Guardianship, & Grandparents' Visitation?

The attorneys at Hoff & Panzer have represented people in every type of custody and support matter, including sole legal custody, equally shared physical placement, primary physical placement (sometimes referred to as physical custody), visitation only within the discretion of one parent, and visitation only with supervision.

Hoff & Panzer attorneys have also represented clients in guardianship proceedings and cases where a third party (such as a Grandparent, Grandparents, Great Grandparents, or Stepparents), is seeking visitation rights.

Do you offer a free initial consultation?

If you seek the legal assistance of an experienced divorce lawyer, please take the time to call (920-749-2002) the attorneys at Hoff & Panzer for a free no-obligation initial consultation.

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The attorneys at Hoff & Panzer's law offices offer a free initial consultation. Please call (920-749-2002) today to schedule a meeting with one of the attorneys, or to speak with an available attorney on the phone.

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