All divorces that are filed in the courts of the state of Wisconsin are viewed by the courts as being "contested" until all of the issues between the parties are resolved. However, the term "contested divorce" usually refers to those divorces in which the parties are not in agreement on many issues, or to put it another way, parties who are not of like minds or intentions.
The term "litigation" refers to the entire divorce action, from the moment that an attorney is hired thorugh the end of the divorce proceeding and up and until the time that the final decree is signed and entered into the record. It also includes post judgment actions and enforcement.
However, the term is often used to refer to divorce trials and those proceedings in which the spouses are involved in litigation in court. For information about divorce trials and trial court litigation, please refer to Litigation and Trials in Wisconsin Divorce Actions.
Attorney Kathleen Reiley (sometimes misspelled as Riley) helps families with divorce, custody and support matters before and during the divorce litigation process, as well as post judgment, placement, visitation, and support matters after the divorce decree (also called a judgment of divorce) has been entered by the court. She often helps grandparents obtain visitation rights, and couples who are living together (called cohabitation relationships) resolve custody, support and property dispute issues. Attorney Kathleen Reiley is a mediator who is often times engaged for mediation of legal matters.