Initiating a divorce is always a difficult decision that creates a lot more questions than answers. You want, and need, an experienced divorce lawyer that understands your situation, your lifestyle, and can guide you to the best outcome possible.

With over 50 years of combined legal experience in Germantown, Menomonee Falls, and Waukesha, Eric Zaeske and Christie Bandle treat your case with honesty, compassion, and respect when you need it most.

Whether you’re dealing with a new legal separation or re-initiating a previous agreement (such as child support), the family law firm of Bandle & Zaeske LLP has a legal philosophy built on creating a strong relationship with you, starting with a free consultation.

If you need help with a divorce, child support, child custody, restraining orders, spousal maintenance, or any other family law case, call us at 414-359-1424 or submit a free consultation form to get started.

There is no “one size fits all” solution to divorce. Our personalized approach to family law has yielded a handful of awards from legal organizations and Southeast Wisconsin publications. This includes M Magazine naming Eric Zaeske a top divorce and family law attorney in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and Super Lawyers selecting Christie Bandle as a Rising Star attorney in 2006 and 2007.

If you want to learn more about Bandle & Zaeske LLP’s family law experience, visit our Services section and our personal legal backgrounds. Our practice encompasses all areas of family law, including a complicated or uncontested divorce, paternity tests, alimony/spousal maintenance, child support, child custody, property division, contempt of court and more.

Over 50 years of combined experience in family law

Together, Eric Zaeske and Christie Bandle are devoted to serving our clients by understanding your needs and objectives, then acting affirmatively to secure your future. Integral to this process is showing youwhat lies ahead, both during the legal action and in the future. Therefore you can expect nothing but objective, straight-forward advice. In all cases, we create an open, honest channel for communication so you always know what to expect from Eric and Christie, the court, and life once the marriage dissolution process comes to a close.

At the same time, we never lose sight that this is an area accurately described as “family law.” We realize that the best result is often achieved not through conflict, but by finding creative solutions to difficult problems that require immediate professional attention. Every effort is made to preserve the family relationships, especially when there are children involved.

Above all, we realize our clients need collaborative understanding and guidance during this difficult time in their lives. With our steadfast guidance, combined with our experience and our reputation in this community, we are able to settle most cases long before trial.

Nevertheless, conflict is sometimes unavoidable in family law issues, often involving disputes over financial assets. With a combined legal and trial experience of nearly 40 years in the Southeast Wisconsin area, we have established an enviable record of success in the trial courts of Milwaukee, Washington, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Racine Counties. Learn more about the Wisconsin cities and counties we serve.

When learning about your case for the first time, we utilize our extensive catalog of experience dealing with a multitude of similar situations. We’ve been a part of extremely contentious divorce cases, as well as those easy enough to only require a few simple piece of legal advice before a settlement agreement is signed. We know when to be aggressive in defending your case and when to back off and let you take the reins. Ultimately, we want you to be properly equipped, emotionally and otherwise, to tackle the next phase of your life.

Understanding Basic Wisconsin Divorce Laws

In addition to working on your behalf, we also want you to come out the other side of your divorce with more knowledge about family law in Wisconsin and the consequences it will have on planning out the road map of your life moving forward. You should also understand the legal road ahead before litigation or mediation (if necessary) begins.

Because Wisconsin is a no-fault divorce state, there’s no need to prove you were right and your spouse was wrong, or vice versa. You don’t have to live separately to file for divorce, but Wisconsin does have a full 120 day waiting period that is required before your divorce can be finalized. Read more about Wisconsin’s divorce laws, including child support, visitation, alimony and property/estate division, in our FAQs section.