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Robert S. Duxstad
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The Search For A Child’s “Best Interests”

Posted: 8.29.2018

"Best interests of the child.” Wisconsin law is peppered with this phrase, and it is the guiding principle for judges when they make decisions affecting the child’s welfare.However, it is not always clear where “best interests” lie.One recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals case illustrates how hard it can be to protect a child’s best interests. The case involves a termination of parental rig  ...Read More

Big Money Case Decided on Basic Principles

Posted: 5.23.2017

Relationships, unfortunately, often come to an end. When the relationship involves the founder of one of the most recognizable businesses in the Midwest, and his lawyer/former fiancée, you have the makings of a plot worthy of a primetime soap opera. Such was the case of Dawn Sands v. John Menard & Menard, Inc., which recently found its way to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Menar  ...Read More

Engineering Better Outcomes For Families

Posted: 2.18.2016

I’m the kind of person who will read anything – books and newspapers, cereal boxes, even junk mail – and I’m always on the hunt for new material. When my software developer son told me he was picking up a lot of good ideas from a 20 year old book, I thought I’d give it a try. It turns out that To Engineer is Human, by Professor Henry Petroski, has lessons that go well beyond the structural failure  ...Read More