Family Law Bill will Put Children and Victims at Risk

Please call your state representatives and ask him or her to oppose AB 211, which would effectively eliminate the best interests of the child standard in custody cases.

This bill would create a one-size-fits-all presumption that placement of children involved in divorce and paternity actions should be split 50/50 between their parents.

Courts would no longer consider the best interests of the child when making placement decisions unless one party could show by clear and convincing evidence that child’s interests are jeopardized by 50/50 placement.

Domestic violence victims and their children would be repeatedly and regularly exposed to contact with abusive parents.

Because the presumption of 50/50 placement only applies when the parents don’t agree, it will only be used in high conflict cases. Domestic violence is common in high conflict cases, and research clearly shows a high level of shared placement is harmful to children in high conflict cases.

Please call your state representative and ask him or her to oppose AB 211.

Talking points:

  • This bill would effectively eliminate the best interests of the child standard in custody cases, which means courts would no longer put the interests and wellbeing of children first.
  • The bill would seriously undermine the effectiveness of protections for domestic violence victims and their children. In fact, the bill would encourage regularly putting victims and their children in risky custody exchange situations.
  • The bill would force children into the middle of high conflict divorce cases. Research shows this approach harms children.

Selected Resources

Voting Guide for Advocates and Survivors

This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With recent law changes and court decisions, even the basics of how to cast a ballot can be very confusing  The guide covers voter registeration, ID requirements and determining where to vote. 

Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People


This webinar is about policies to promote inclusion of both LGBTQ clients and employees.  After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to list the types of policies that support an environment free of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ people, describe ways to assist staff in understanding and following the policies, and list the elements of a plan to monitor claims, address them seriously, and document their corrective action(s). 

VIEW AND LISTEN. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.


The series is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Abuse Program, and presented by Molly Herrmann, statewide training consultant and member of the End Domestic Abuse WI and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ Committee. Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. Webinar 3 is Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting  Discrimination and Harassment of LGBTQ People.

The series offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on organization practices and culture, and to build bridges between existing knowledge and skills and innovative, emerging practices, while also meeting the DCF training requirement.

All staff of DCF domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding must view each webinar live (February and March 2015) or recorded.


When you have completed the recorded webinar, download the certificate below.  It can be completed electronically or by hand and printed. Handouts are also available for download.