Month: November 2017

Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights in Wisconsin

Termination of parental rights can be involuntary or voluntary.  Involuntary termination can occur in cases of certain felony convictions, long periods of incarceration, severe or chronic abuse or sexual abuse of a child or other children in a household, long term problems with drugs or alcohol, mental illness or deficiency, failure to support a child or abandonment.

Adoption After the Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights

Children who have been removed from a home where parental rights have been involuntarily terminated may have relatives, a foster family or another party who may wish to adopt them. This can be beneficial to the children in terms of financial and emotional support as well as stability.

Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights

Voluntary termination of parental rights usually occurs when parents wish to give their child up for adoption. One or both birth parents must legally consent to the adoption without coercion, threat of force. Most states require consent in writing before a judge with both the biological mother and father (if paternity established) on-board.

Voluntary termination of parental rights is often seen in cases where one parent, sometimes a father, has not established a relationship or supported a child and a step parent wishes to adopt the child as their own. Sometimes it is a minor couple, or an adolescent mother, who wishes to give a baby up for adoption believing it is in the best interests of the child.

Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights in Wisconsin

For those wishing to adopt a child, an adoption can only occur after the termination of parental rights is legally established, whether voluntary or involuntary.  The procedures in Wisconsin for adoption and termination of parental rights can be very complex by design so that the best interests of children are served and the rights of parents are protected.

Contact an Experienced Waukesha Adoption Lawyer

If you are considering adoption or terminating your parental rights it is important to contact an experienced Wisconsin adoption attorney to help guide you through the process. Contact Milwaukee and Waukesha adoption lawyer Jane Probst for more insight into pursuing an individual or family adoption or the termination of parental rights. We offer a free, half-hour initial consultation to gain an understanding of your situation, providing you with general feedback so that you can decide the best course of action given your unique circumstances. If you need representation, Jane Probst Law Offices is poised to provide you with experienced and knowledgeable legal assistance in individual, agency and non-agency adoptions.

Legal Experience Matters in Divorce Mediation  

jane probst lawDivorcing couples typically look to mediation when they feel that they can reach an agreement but want help working through all the issues. Mediation may also be ordered by the court if there are child custody and visitation disagreements.

During mediation, a mediator serves as a neutral party facilitator to help couples who wish to divorce resolve their family law concerns through compromise. It offers couples a chance to strike an agreement to avoid a costly trial and minimize conflict in the family.

While many mediators are not attorneys, those who are, can combine their legal knowledge and experience with mediation techniques, providing clients with a more comprehensive experience. The goal of mediation, after all, is to reach a fair agreement regarding legal issues such as the division of marital property and, if children are involved, what is in their best interests as far as custody and visitation arrangements or how other responsibilities that come with raising children will be handled.

As an experienced and certified mediator and a seasoned divorce lawyer, Attorney Jane Probst helps couples to understand the mediation process and what issues need to be decided. While mediation offers a cost effective and expedient alternative to a contested divorce, it may not be appropriate in all cases. However, in cases where  mediation is a good fit, Attorney Probst’s many years as a certified mediator and her legal knowledge and decades of experience as a Wisconsin divorce lawyer can help you and your spouse reach a fair and equitable agreement.

Experienced Divorce Mediation Lawyer

Contact a Certified Wisconsin Divorce Mediation Attorney

If you are considering divorce and are interested in mediation, contact the Wisconsin divorce mediation law offices of Jane Probst Law for assistance today. We can help guide you through the process, provide answers to any questions you may have and provide representation that is in your family’s best interests so that you can move forward confidently after your divorce. Call or contact us online today for a free initial consultation of your family law matter at 414-210-3135.