Wisconsin Court Upholds ‘Visitation’ Without Child Support

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September 11, 2013

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Wisconsin Court Upholds ‘Visitation’ Without Child Support
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Ned Holstein
Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Chair, National Parents Organization
Recently, the Wisconsin state Court of Appeals reversed a trial court's order. In the case of Belva Bowden vs. Amy Korslin, the result is that the court stopped child support payments from Bowden to Korslin, ordered Korslin to return payments she had already received, and upheld Bowden’s regular visitation with the child who is now a teenager.

Their daughter was born in 1998 while the women were in a long-term committed relationship. The couple split in 2006. They had agreed to share expenses of raising their daughter and to equal placement, but in 2008, Korslin sought to restrict their daughter’s time with Bowden. The Wood County judged had ruled that Bowden could have visitation — every other weekend and one weeknight every other week and during some holidays, but the judge would not grant 50% placement. In addition to this the judge ordered her to pay 17% of her gross income in child support to Korslin.

Both women appealed due to visitation time allowed and child support assessed. Apparently Wisconsin family law does not provide for a non-parent to pay child support to a parent, nor does it provide for placement with a non-parent. Read more...

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