WITI, FOX 6 Milwaukee interviewed Kelly Dodd, a partner at Stafford Rosenbaum for her legal take on the recent same-sex marriage decision handed down by Judge Crabb of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and whether these same-sex marriage licenses could be voided. Ms. Dodd stated, “Based on my understanding of the family code in Wisconsin, it would be extremely difficult to void the marriages of couples who have already received a license. There are provisions in the law that specifically state that marriage is contracted in the state and under circumstances where maybe the clerk didn’t have jurisdiction to issue the license, that doesn’t in-and-of itself render a marriage void,” Dodd said. Dodd says while it may be controversial, the licenses already issued are powerful documents. “The state has given that to them. And they are relying on that right now, in their representations to third parties, in their dealings with each other, their employers, their insurance companies,” Dodd said.
Kelly Dodd practices family law in the firm’s Milwaukee office. She has extensive experience with all legal matters related to marriage and marriage-like relationships. She has handled a wide array of marriage dissolution actions including divorce, annulment, and legal separation and all related matters such as child custody or placement, child support, spousal support, and property division. Kelly educates her clients about alternatives to litigation and has served often as a family law mediator.
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