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Family Law

Family law can render some of the most emotional and contentious legal situations. Whether the family legal issue involves money or relationships between spouses, parents, and children, the decisions made can impact your future in significant ways. We are prepared to help you and your loved ones in all areas of family law.


Having a family in Wisconsin means taking care of each other, even when the family changes shape and size through events like a new birth, adoption, or even a divorce. Legal issues often arise out of many of these scenarios, and because of the nature of the situation, high emotions also arise out of these situations. Having a compassionate and knowledgeable family law attorney by your side can make all the difference. 

At Norland Law Firm, our family law attorney in La Crosse County (Taking cases throughout Southwestern Wisconsin) understands the sensitive nature of these matters and is committed to providing you with personalized guidance and strong advocacy. We strive to help you navigate the complexities of family law, protect your rights, and achieve the best possible outcomes for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 608-604-6886 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.

Understanding Family Law in Wisconsin

At Norland Law Firm, we practice family law – a legal practice area that deals with issues related to family relationships. It encompasses a broad range of legal matters that involve individuals connected by blood, marriage, or adoption. Family law addresses both the rights and responsibilities of family members and seeks to provide legal mechanisms for resolving disputes and establishing legal relationships. Because this is such a broad area of law, we specialize in a few specific areas.

Marriage and Divorce

Family law governs the legal aspects of marriage, including marriage licenses, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, separation, and the legal dissolution of marriages through no-fault divorce – though some jurisdictions still allow fault-based divorce.

Child Custody and Visitation

Child custody, which is often referred to as parenting time, involves determining the legal and physical responsibility of parents for their children. This includes decisions about where the child will live and the visitation rights of noncustodial parents.

Child Support

Family law establishes guidelines for determining the financial support that a noncustodial parent must provide to the custodial parent to cover the costs of raising a child.


Maintenance is what Wisconsin calls alimony or spousal support. Maintenance may be awarded in divorce cases to provide financial assistance from one spouse to another, especially if there is a significant income disparity, and/or a long term marriage.

Property Division

When a marriage ends in divorce, family law establishes rules for the division of marital property and assets. This includes considerations of both marital and separate property. 


Family law addresses issues related to establishing paternity, including DNA testing and legal processes to determine and acknowledge a child's biological father. Paternity is necessary especially in cases where the mother seeks child support or a father seeks custody.


The Challenges of Family Law in Wisconsin

Family law can be challenging for everyone involved, from the attorney to individual family members, for many reasons. At Norland Law Firm, we are up to the challenge.

Family law matters often involve intense emotions and strained relationships. Navigating these complexities requires a compassionate attorney who understands the emotional impact on all parties involved.

Family law encompasses intricate legal procedures, statutes, and case law. Our family law attorney keeps up with the ever-evolving legal landscape to provide smart, accurate analysis and guidance.

Disputes involving children, such as custody, visitation, and child support, require careful consideration of their best interests. Our family law attorney prioritizes the well-being of your children while advocating for your rights.

Divorce can be quite contentious, particularly when it comes to dividing assets, determining spousal support and/or child support, determining child custody, and devising parenting plans. We work with you to arrive at a fair resolution.


How Our Family Law Attorney in Wisconsin Can Help You

At Norland Law Firm, we take our responsibilities seriously and are committed to providing excellent legal services for each of our clients. For example,

  • We provide smart legal advice and guidance tailored to your specific circumstances. We explain your rights, legal options, and the potential outcomes of your case, empowering you to make informed decisions.
  • We prepare and review documents so that you don't have to do it. As it is, family law matters involve extensive documentation. We will prepare, review, and file the necessary legal documents on your behalf, ensuring accuracy and compliance with legal requirements.
  • We negotiate on your behalf, using mediation when appropriate. Our family law attorney will help you achieve amicable resolutions through mediation or settlement discussions. We advocate for your interests while promoting productive communication and compromise.
  • We represent you and your interests. In cases that require litigation, our family law attorney will represent you in court, presenting your case, examining witnesses, and providing persuasive arguments to support your position.

At Norland Law Firm, it is our mission to help each and every one of our clients with all their family law matters.


Why Choose us?

Families or members of families engage our family law attorney because they trust us. We provide an objective perspective during emotionally charged situations, which helps our clients make rational decisions that are in their best interests. We streamline the process to meet deadlines, correctly file paperwork, and move the proceedings forward as efficiently as possible. All of this is completed in part by developing a comprehensive legal strategy for their specific goals.

What's more, we know how dealing with family law matters can be emotionally draining. We offer support, empathy, and guidance, providing reassurance during challenging times.


Contact Norland Law Firm LLC Today

Getting the legal help you need is right at your fingertips. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We will discuss your case, explain your options, and help you determine your next best steps. 

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