Mullen, Schlough & Associates S.C. attorneys are leading River Falls and Chippewa Falls due to their lawyers efficient custody modification practice.

Category: Custody Modification
Section: Family Law

custody modificationDefinition: Custody Modification
Child custody can be modified under “substantial changed” circumstances after 2 years.  Child custody can be changed before that time if it can be shown the current situation puts the health of the children in peril (Note* –  Mom or Dad is a big loser doesn’t cut it).

Topic Expanded: Custody Modification
Mullen, Schlough & Associates S.C. attorneys excel in representing clients in situations where the current child custody arrangement is not working and needs to be changed.  Usually one party is happier with the current situation than the other.

Traditionally when a case such as this is started the Court orders both parties to mediation to try and work it out with the assistance of a third neutral party.  I’d like to say this works well most of the time and all parties come in with calm minds ready to rationally work out a compromised solution.   When kids are involved usually emotions take control and things fall apart quickly.  This is where both parties “lawyer up” and the fight begins.

Recommendation: Custody Modification
When emotions get heated it is important to hire an attorney that won’t back down.  Eventually you will get tired of fighting with your ex.  You need someone in your corner to remind you that in the long run your kids will thank you for it.  Don’t hire an attorney that wants to compromise when times get tough.  If you wanted to compromise, you could have done that yourself during mediation.


  • If you are going to fight to the end for your kids, hire an attorney with experience organizing your case.  You won’t win if your attorney can’t convince the judge why you should have the kids.  The clearer your attorney is in arguing your side, the easier it is for the judge to accept it.
  • Hire an attorney that knows the judge. Each judge is a human like the rest of us and we all have our “hot buttons”.  Hiring an attorney who doesn’t know the judge isn’t doing your kids a favor.
  • Do yourself a favor and don’t let the wrong parties have more power then they should have.

Don’t let your child’s adoption jeopardize your future and your child’s future if done incorrectly, contact us immediately to find out how one of our experienced family law attorneys can help you.

We know you need the best in knowledgeable legal representation from a family law firm that treats your case with consideration and genuine concern. We look forward to hearing from you when you call (888) 375-3056 for a FREE confidential consultation.

So what will the attorneys at Mullen, Schlough & Associates do for me?

Whether you have a criminal case, drunk driving or some type of family law case like a divorce or custody matter, our attorneys have been handling these type and only these type cases for the better part of 14 years.  With that kind of experience comes “strategies and techniques” that we’ve found either work, work well or don’t work at all.

For example:

Telling the district attorney we’re going to take the case to a jury trial right from the start might get you a better offer from the start….and it might not.

Telling the district attorney we’re going to take your case to trial after we win an important motion or do some other “case altering event” will probably get you a better offer.

Telling the district attorney we’re going to take your case to a trial after receiving some damaging evidence motion hearing or losing an Important motion hearing WILL NOT get you a better offer.


Telling the judge you’ve moved out with your kids one night without letting you wife know, moved in with your girlfriend and told your kids to start calling her Mom right in the middle of the school year while yanking your kids out of their school and enrolling them in a new school 200 miles away WILL NOT win a lot of bonus points with the vast majority of judges.

Reading these examples without living them seem pretty straight forward.  However, you as our clients will be living in the situation.  Most if not all our clients do what they do for a reason.

For example, I had a client that was enjoying a football game and the multitude of beer that went along with it.  During the 3rd quarter, he received a phone call, got in his car, drove 150 miles and got a DUI.  Seems straight forward and somewhat stupid right?  What if I told you his daughter was in a terrible car accident and on life support in the emergency room?  You probably won’t read about that in the drunk driving police report.

Though the district attorney didn’t have a lot of sympathy, a jury sure did.


What can you guys do for me that I can’t do myself?

We know what to do with the facts of your case.  Did you know that the police officer has to have his emergency lights off when he gives you the HGN {or also known as the “stare at the pen”) according to the National Highway Safety Manual?  If the cop didn’t, we can file a motion to have the field sobriety test thrown out. If the field sobriety test is thrown out, the entire case may be dismissed as well (whether you were drunk or not).

“Technicalities” like these are why we get cases dismissed before jury trials.  The district attorney is not going to help you find them.  The district attorney IS NOT going to point out what a poor job the cops did unless he has to.

Why is our firm better than the other ones?

Most trial attorneys know or have some idea what do with the facts of a case and “technicalities” as I’ve previously mentioned.  Some attorneys are, of course, better than others.

But why us?

  • We don’t believe in paralegals and staff. Therefore, when you call your attorney, you will speak directly to your attorney.
  • When a motion is filed, your attorney researched and filed it. Your attorney is going to argue it so they should know it inside and out.  That’s what you are paying for.
  • When your ex or soon to be ex does something, your attorney needs to know, not some secretary. The secretary is not going to argue the case in court, the attorney is.
  • If you have any billing or legal service statement issues, Attorney Mark Mullen, President and founding member of the firm answers the phone….always. He does the books, issues the checks and makes the financial calls on your case. If you call the main number, it will be him you talk to, period.
  • We encourage payment plans. Most of our clients are not rich and therefore cannot put down the entire amount of the retainer at the time of hiring.

What kind of money am I going to have upfront to hire you guys?

If you have a job or a credit card, we ask for half of the quoted retainer.   When you’re serious and ready to proceed with your case, putting SOME money down lets us know you’re serious.  When your serious and ready to go, so we.