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Case Mediation Program
PO Box 44008, Madison, WI 53744-4008
Phone (608) 848-1477

The Case Mediation Program is sponsored by the Dane County Bar Association. It mediates financial issues only. The mediation, conducted by family law attorneys, is confidential, subject to various exceptions. The final agreement, signed by both parties, will be submitted to the court for approval. There is a nominal fee for the mediation, which must be paid before the first mediation session is scheduled.
 

Child Support Agency
Rm. 365 City-County Bldg.
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Madison, WI 53703
Phone (608) 266-4031
http://www.danechildsupport.com/

The Child Support Agency is a division of the Corporation Counsel. By authority of federal and state law it establishes paternity, establishes and enforces child support orders, maintains payment records, and locates absent parents. Attorneys working in the Child Support Agency represent the interest of the State, not the individual. You may obtain an application for services from the agency.
 

Clerk Of Courts
Dane County Courthouse Room 1000
Madison, WI 53703
Phone (608) 266-4311
http://www.countyofdane.com/clrkcort/

Summons and Petitions for starting a divorce or paternity proceeding as well as motions to change custody, periods of physical placement, and support are filed with the Clerk of Courts. Fees for filing and for FCS are paid to the Clerk of Courts.
 

Court Commissioner Center
Dane County Courthouse Room 2000
Madison, WI 53703
Phone (608)266-4166

The Court Commissioner Center provides a variety of services in the areas of divorce and paternity. Pre-divorce, the Court Commissioner Center holds hearings to issue temporary orders in the areas of custody, physical placement, use of property, child support, and maintenance. The Court Commissioner Center can also modify temporary orders. Post-divorce, the Court Commissioner Center holds hearings concerning revisions of maintenance and support and the enforcement of such orders. The Court Commissioner Center also holds hearings to establish paternity and to resolve related issues. The Court Commissioner Center can also issue temporary restraining orders in cases of domestic abuse or harassment. Finally, the Court Commissioner Center can issue fee waivers for filing fees and FCS fees.
 

Family Court Clinic

Dane County Courthouse, Assembly Room L1022
215 S Hamilton St.
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 262-2301
and The Villager Mall
2300 S Park St., Ste #3
Madison, WI 53713
(608) 262-2301

FCC is a University of Wisconsin Law School program staffed by law students supervised by a clinical law professor. Hours vary by semester based on students’ availability and appointments are preferred. FCC is a voluntary program for low-income individuals who want help with a paternity, restraining order, divorce or a post-divorce matter. They will work with both parties or an individual. They can provide information and forms but can not give legal advice or represent you. They also offer workshops in many areas. There is no charge for their services.
 

Family Law Assistance Center
Dane County Courthouse, Assembly Room L1022
215 S Hamilton St.
Madison, WI 53703

The Family Law Assistance Center, sponsored by the Dane County Bar Association, is open Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Volunteers are available to assist you in completing family law forms. Forms will be available at the center. The volunteers can also provide information about family court procedures and refer you to community resources. There is a volunteer who speaks Spanish the first and third Wednesday of each month. They cannot give legal advice, give an opinion about a specific case, or recommend a specific lawyer.
 

Dane County Legal Resource Center (Law Library)
Dane County Courthouse Room L1007
Madison, WI 53703
Phone (608) 266-6316
http://wsll.state.wi.us/branch/dclrc/

The Law Library has the Wisconsin Statutes and other reference materials on family law. Library staff can assist in locating basic legal information, but they cannot help fill out legal forms or provide legal advice or interpretations of the law. Many forms needed to file in Wisconsin can also be purchased at the Law Library. The Law Library is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
 

Web Sites

  • http://www.wisbar.org: This is the web site of the Wisconsin Bar Association. It provides a lawyer search, access to Wisconsin statutes, and other information about law in Wisconsin.
     
  • http://www.courts.state.wi.us: This is the web site of the Wisconsin court system. It provides information about how the courts work as well and allows you to download various forms you may need to file.