Category Archives: Child Custody Modification

Gadsby v. Martinez

Modification of custody affirmed where mother had notice that custody was an issue and made no objection so she waived any claim.

Year: 2016 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Dohm

No error in finding a substantial change of circumstances where mother moved away from father and child and child wished to live primarily with father. Trial court did not have to discuss all the statutory factors – just the pertinent ones.

Year: 2013 | State: WI

Soronen v. Sorenen

No error in transferring primary placement where the court considered the children’s wishes, improved grades, mother’s abdication of parenting to her boyfriend who was a drug user and other factors. Any question about validity of ex parte order of the FCC is moot. (Not published, but citable.)

Year: 2012 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Stumpner v. Cutting

Circuit court lacked the authority under Wis. Stat. §767.451(3) to sua sponte modify the physical placement order. A court cannot modify a placement order in the absence of a petition, motion or order to show cause by a party.

Year: 2010 | State: WI

In Re Paternity of Pero

Absent a motion, petition or order to show cause brought by a party, the trial court lacked authority to amend or modify a custody order from joint to sole custody.

Year: 2006 | State: WI

In Re the Custody and Support of Neven D.H.: Helling v. Lambert

Award of primary placement to father reversed as trial court’s opinion of the stability of non-marital relationships based on other paternity cases is not sufficient to support a factual finding that the mother’s specific living situation in this case is unstable.

Year: 2004 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Lofthus

Parents do not have a fundamental right to equal placement after divorce – state’s regulation of post-divorce custody disputes is constitutional.

Year: 2004 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Greene v. Hahn

Trial court did not err in granting husband the authority to determine the child’ place of school, even though wife had primary physical placement. Trial court appropriate applied Wisconsin statutes. Trial court did not err in finding a substantial change in circumstances where, in addition to the child’s age change, he was failing in school, using marijuana and engaged in other illegal or inappropriate behavior.

Year: 2004 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Culligan v. Cindric

Portion of divorce judgment effecting a prospective change in placement is invalid. Trial court lacks statutory authority to order a change of placement that is prospective and contingent on the occurrence of some anticipated event.

Year: 2003 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Trost v. Trost

Trial court does not have authority to change placement within two years of the initial placement order, absent finding of harm, if the modification would substantially alter the time a parent spends with the child.

Year: 2000 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Hughes v. Hughes

Trial court properly applied §767.325 where mother brought removal action and father countered with motion to change placement.

Year: 1998 | State: WI

In re Paternity of Stephanie R.N.

Modification within 2 yrs. requires proof on necessity, that custodial conditions are harmful and physical or emotional harm is severe enough to warrant modification.

Year: 1993 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Wiederholt v. Fischer

(1) No abuse of discretion for refusing to transfer placement to father due to “parental alienation syndrome” (2) No abuse of discretion for revising placement with rigid schedule – any harm to children due to less time with father is outweighed by stability.

Year: 1992 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Licary v. Licary

Modification after 2 years requires proof of substantial change of circumstances. New joint custody law is not a change in circumstances.

Year: 1992 | State: WI

In re Paternity of S.R.N.

Since modification was within two years of initial order, trial court erred by focusing on best interests of child instead of necessary-to-modify standard.

Year: 1992 | State: WI

In re Paternity of S.A.

FCC may intervene in post-judgment custody modification stipulation.

Year: 1991 | State: WI

Luhman v. Luhman

Stipulation is sufficient for change in custody – no hearing or findings of fact are necessary.

Year: 1988 | State: WI