Wisconsin law has changed dramatically in the past few years, now recognizing marriages between members of the same sex. This one change has resolved many of the issues LGBTQ families had to address when they chose to be lifetime partners and raise children. The same statutes and case law that have applied to married people and their children for decades, now apply to LGBTQ families.
Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. is proud to have been part of the pioneering efforts to obtain legal recognition of LGBTQ relationships and families. Attorneys in our firm argued some of the first cases before trial courts in the 1980's to establish visitation rights for non-biological parents of children raised by LGBTQ parents. We assisted same sex couples in negotiating financial and co-parenting agreements as part of their domestic partnerships and estate planning so they would have as much protection as possible.
When we represented the child in In re: Custody of H.S.H-K., 193 Wis. 1d 649 (1995), the Wisconsin Supreme Court finally established a working standard allowing for visitation and indicated it would consider co-parenting agreements between same-sex couples in the future. The court's opinion was adopted and relied on by courts in many other states around the United States who were struggling to find a legal basis on which to protect the families appearing before them.
We continued to represent parents in the complicated arena of adoptions by same-sex parents and to work with LGBTQ families in their estate planning and domestic partner agreements for more than 20 years before the federal court finally recognized their marriages. Our decades-long commitment and knowledge in creating and supporting legal protections for LGBTQ families gives us a unique understanding of the issues which remain.
These are the type of questions our attorneys are able to address with current LGBTQ clients. If you are looking for family law representation in Madison, call our firm at (608) 765-1001 to set up your initial consultation today.