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David Iancu and his staff are top notch professionals. I would recommend David Iancu to anyone who is going through a divorce.
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David is a great listener and very sharp. Most of all, he knows the law and examines every opportunity to defend his client.
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Divorce doesn't have to be complicated.

That's why we've put together five simple Divorce Packages; each transparently designed to address your specific legal needs in navigating a
successful divorce in Wisconsin.

DIY Divorce


Starts at $599

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Uncontested Divorce


Starts at $1,699

You stay out of court.
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Mediated Divorce


Starts at $1,799 / spouse

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Collaborative Divorce

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Unlimited help at every step.

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Contested Divorce


Starts at $2,999

When you just can't agree. 100% dedicated & thorough legal representation.

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Superlawyers designation is awarded to less than 2.5% of all Wisconsin lawyers. Our Milwaukee Family Law Attorneys are among the elite.

Top Attorney Divorce

With a score of 10 (“Superb”), Karp & Iancu, SC is a top-ranking firm on Avvo’s divorce attorney section. This score is the highest ranking possible and is assigned based on quality indicators like awards, experience, and professional conduct.

Expertise Award

Rated as one of the top 7 divorce attorneys in Kenosha out of a total of 57 reviewed firms.

Top 10 Divorce Lawyers

We have been named a Top 10 Divorce and Family Law Firm in Wisconsin by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

Top 40 Under 40

This award, offered by the National Trial Lawyers, is an invite-only group of the top forty lawyers under the age of forty. These memberships are only offered to a select few after careful research.

The National Trial Lawyers

This organization accepts attorneys by invitation only and recognizes only the top lawyers in the country. Receiving this invitation requires skill, experience, and unmatched professional conduct. Only a small number of premier firms join us in this group.

Top Contributor Divorce

Our firm is a major contributor to Avvo’s community through guides, helpful posts, and Q&As. By providing information to Avvo readers, Karp & Iancu, SC strengthens understanding of legal issues and has been awarded for doing so.

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Being a member of this elite group means that our attorneys have demonstrated experience, involvement with their practice, and a strong knowledge of their field. The lawyers at Karp & Iancu, SC are honored to be included.

Leander J. Foley Inns of Court

Participation in the Inns of Court provides our attorneys opportunities for further experience, mentoring, and growth through our connection with other family lawyers. This helps us gain the knowledge we need to help our clients.

State Bar of Wisconsin

At Karp & Iancu, SC, we’re dedicated to serving the community. As members of the Wisconsin State Bar, we dedicate time and energy to focus on how we can better serve the residents of our state.

Wisconsin Association for Justice

The Wisconsin Association for Justice focuses on providing resources to better our firm and help our clients succeed. We’re pleased to be a part of this organization for the betterment of our practice.

AV Martindale Hubbard Preeminent Law

After being nominated by peers and highly reviewed by clients for this prestigious award, the lawyers at Karp & Iancu, SC have been awarded both for their abilities as attorneys and for their commitment to ethics.

Bar Registry of Preeminent Law

This distinction shows that Karp & Iancu, SC has one of the highest ratings on the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. This distinguishes us from other law firms because of our dedication to clarity for our clients.

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What Makes Us Different


When you’re facing the prospect of fighting it out in court, you likely feel overwhelmed and confused. Family law can be complex and every situation is unique. That makes it tough for you to fight this on your own.

That’s where our Milwaukee family attorneys come in. We understand how overwhelmed you feel. Fortunately, our lawyers have gained the knowledge you need from years of studying and practicing law. If you’re facing a divorce, custody dispute, or other family law-related issue, seek out an attorney with the experience to help you.


Whether your dispute involves custody, support, or alimony, resolving a family law matter isn’t easy to do without help. Worse, your spouse may be unwilling to work with you, making it more difficult to reach a solution that’s fair for all involved.

Fortunately, your lawyer can help you to the finish line. Standing up to your ex-spouse may not be easy, but we can help you build a successful case. We’re determined to get you the fair treatment you deserve, whether you’re fighting for your children or your assets. We’re ready to do all we can to win for you.


We understand that you and your family are going through a difficult time. In fact, you probably just want your dispute or issue settled as quickly and amicably as possible. You want to settle fairly and move on from this experience. Unfortunately, a divorce can be exhausting, and you may find yourself dealing with litigation.

We understand the stress you’re under, and we want to make it easier on you and your family. When appropriate, our firm will take a compassionate approach to your case. That way, you can rest easier and focus your attention on building your new life.

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Why You Need an Experienced Family Lawyer at Your Side

We live in an age in which you can find a satisfactory answer to nearly any question with a simple Google search. Whether you’re looking for the best Milwaukee divorce lawyer, details on your family law case type, or specific questions about Wisconsin child custody laws, your first approach is likely to conduct an Internet search. But information found online may not help you much in the courtroom.

No amount of reading will give you the legal experience necessary to fight for your best interests or those of your children. If you haven’t studied or practiced law, you may find yourself struggling to secure the outcome you know is best for you and your family.

Rather than accepting your fate, you can seek the help of an experienced lawyer. Our attorneys understand how stressful it can be to deal with a family legal matter if you don’t know where to begin. We have the experience you need to come to a fair agreement or arrangement.

A Personal Approach in Difficult Times

Dealing with a family law dispute is a uniquely difficult situation. You’re not only dealing with a legal case. You’re also dealing with a family matter that won’t be easy to overcome. Other legal matters may affect you, but a case involving your family could affect your relationships at their very core.

We want you and your family to get the attention and support you need during this time. You deserve a Milwaukee family law attorney who understands the difficulties you’re facing—someone who will fight back for you. When your family is on the line, you want a lawyer who pays attention to the finer details of your case.

That’s especially true if you believe your ex or other family member is dangerous. If your case involves an abusive household, for instance, you’ll need a lawyer who understands how dire that situation is. We want to protect you and your children, and we’ll provide the care and personalized attention your case needs to be successful.

Knowledgeable Legal Guidance

While you might have read up a little about divorce and family law, you may still be struggling to deal with your case. The Wisconsin laws that govern your divorce or family law case can be complex and confusing, leaving you struggling to keep up.

When your spouse is prepared to fight back, you’ll need a source for answers to your questions, and the Internet might not cover it. It’s easy to find bad free advice that can damage your case.

That’s a great reason to call a lawyer with the knowledge you need for your case. Our qualified family and divorce lawyers will guide you through every step of your legal matter and fight for you at every turn.

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David N. Iancu

Ranked Top 10 Best Divorce Lawyers in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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David B. Karp

Ranked Top 10 Best Divorce Lawyers in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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Michael D. Karp

Attorney Karp has recovered millions of dollars for our clients.

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Lindsey M. White

Top-rated Divorce and Family Law Attorney in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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HowKarp & Iancucan help you

When you’re considering a divorce or are entangled in a family law case, you’ll need to know whether a lawyer is right for you. Unfortunately, it can be tough to find a firm that understands your needs. You’ll need the right attorneys on your side, so how can our lawyers help you win your case?

If you’re dealing with family law, you’re handling a type of case that can be difficult to navigate. It’s never easy to take legal action against a family member or loved one, so divorce and other family law matters can be especially draining.

Fortunately, that’s where we can help. We’ll take the burden off of you and provide you with the peace of mind that you’re taking the right steps to successfully resolve your case. From determining child visitation arrangements to dividing a business with your former spouse, we can minimize the stress you feel and quickly get you the results you need.

Our top-rated attorneys work tirelessly to help our clients successfully resolve their family law and divorce cases.


Family law is a broad area of the law that can involve many kinds of disputes and problems. When you’re involved in any of these matters, you’ll need help ensuring that your issue is resolved fairly and with your family’s best interests in mind.

For example, you might have come into your marriage with no debt and an inheritance, while your ex had credit card debt and no savings. It’s not fair to split your assets evenly when you divorce, and your family lawyer can make sure your assets are divided fairly.

What if you’re seeking alimony? You may be unable to work on your own, for example, or you may have too little work experience to land a good job. Spousal support can ease this financial burden, but you’ll likely need the help of an attorney to convince your spouse to do what’s right.

When you’re facing a case involving your family, you may have several concerns on your mind. Fortunately, with a family law attorney, you can rest easy. Your lawyer can help you with the following steps and more:

  • Protecting Yourself – In some severe cases, you may be afraid that your former spouse may harm you or your children. Reach out to your lawyer for help filing a temporary restraining order so you can file for divorce in peace.
  • Seeking Parenting Time – Whether you’re the non-custodial parent or sharing custody of the children, ensuring that you get time with them is important. Speak with your attorney for help building a parenting time schedule for you and your ex.
  • Promoting Your Child’s Best Interests – If you’re concerned about your child’s health and safety, you’ll need to fight back for custody. Fortunately, your lawyer can help you find evidence and argue in your favor.
  • Enforcing Other Agreements – Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements can be complex. Fortunately, your lawyer can help you review the terms of your agreement and ensure that the agreement is being carried out.

A divorce can be a complex undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Your family law attorney in Milwaukee can help you prepare for all these steps and more, ensuring that your family dispute or divorce is handled fairly and smoothly. Reach out to the qualified and experienced family law and divorce lawyers at Karp & Iancu for the help you need.


divorceMediation vs. Litigation

When you’re seeking a divorce in Wisconsin, you can take one of two main approaches. Make sure you understand the difference between mediation and litigation for your Milwaukee divorce case.

Helping You and Your Spouse Come to an Agreement

If you and your spouse are seeking a divorce, you probably have made some decisions already. You may want to part amicably, without a long court case. However, that’s not easy without help. Some lawyers push to fight it out in court instead of opting for mediation.

At Karp & Iancu, SC, we understand that not all divorce arrangements require litigation. That’s why we offer mediation for families looking to part peacefully—without the need for long days in court. We can help you make compromises together so you can save time and avoid a painful experience.

Fighting Back when Your Spouse Refuses to Budge

Unfortunately, your spouse may not always be willing to work with you. You may not be able to come to an agreement, and now you’re facing litigation. Your ex is willing to fight you for the property, children, or spousal maintenance.

Fortunately, you don’t have to accept that. Instead, you can fight back with a lawyer’s help and seek out the right agreement for you. You shouldn’t have to give up property that’s rightfully yours, and you shouldn’t lose the time with your children that’s so important to you and them, so contact us today.

Protecting Your Assets

You want a fair divorce settlement, and we can help you get it.

When you’re getting a divorce in Milwaukee, you’ll need to properly split your assets between yourself and your ex-spouse. Generally, all marital property should be split evenly. However, not all assets are marital property, so your divorce lawyer may need to help you calculate what you should receive.

Sometimes, a fifty-fifty split isn’t fair to you. For example, you might have gained some of your assets outside of your marriage. For example, you might have received a significant inheritance, or maybe you started a business before marriage and your spouse wasn’t involved in it. In these cases, you may be able to protect your assets and keep them.

The same goes for debts incurred before your marriage. For example, your spouse may have student loans that remain unpaid. You shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burdens of your soon-to-be former spouse. Because they earned those debts outside of the marriage, you may be able to avoid sharing them.

If you’re concerned about losing your assets or gaining debt you don’t deserve, contact your family law and divorce attorney for help. We can help make sure you get the fair amount you deserve when you’re determining how to divide your property.


Your divorce may leave you worried about your future financial situation. Your lawyer can answer all your questions, determine what you’re owed, and fight hard for every dollar that’s yours.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

During the divorce proceedings, you may need to bring up any prenup or postnup agreements you and your spouse prepared. These documents can help streamline the process and make it easier to settle your divorce.

These agreements are written before or shortly after your marriage and detail what property each spouse has a right to. These documents are especially useful if you want to protect your children’s inheritance or if you simply want to make your divorce easy. If you’re considering one or need help enforcing one, give the attorneys at our firm a call.

Spousal Maintenance and Alimony

While many couples are now choosing to work and live on two incomes, it’s not uncommon for one spouse to work while the other stays home. If you didn’t work, whether you were a homemaker or were unable to work, you may be concerned about your financial situation after a divorce.

If you’re unable to support yourself or would suffer financial hardship following a divorce from your spouse, your lawyer can help. You may be owed alimony, also called “spousal maintenance.” Alimony will help support you, providing you the income you need after your divorce.


Child Custody

Your children are a major part of your life, but a divorce can threaten your time with them. You and your spouse will need to decide whether to share custody or have a single custodial parent. Unfortunately, you may not agree on who’s best suited for custody.

The courts will base their custody decisions on the child’s best interests. That may include the living situation, distance to school, and the health of both parents. If you’re concerned about losing custody of your child, your lawyer can help you fight for the custody agreement you need.

Paying Child Support

If you’re a divorced parent, you may also be concerned about child support. This payment is meant to cover part of the care for your child, such as clothing, shelter, and food. However, you may be concerned about the amount you’re receiving or being asked to pay.

Child support payments are based on factors like your income, how much time you spend with the child, and whether you have other children. If you’re unable to make your payments or feel you’re not receiving enough child support, contact a top-rated family law attorney in Milwaukee.

Protecting Your Relationship with Your Child

Worried about protecting your time with your child? No matter what kind of child custody agreement you have, it’s only fair that you’re allowed to spend time with your child.

If you’re struggling to understand or enforce your right to visitation, speak with your attorney at our firm. Your time with your children is vital to your relationship and their development, and we can help you defend it.


Parents’ Rights

As a parent in Wisconsin, you have certain rights, but that doesn’t mean your ex-spouse will be open to allowing you to exercise those rights. That’s where a qualified, aggressive, and experienced attorney can be a huge help.

Whether you’re wanting to take your child on vacation or fighting for the right to see your child at all, we’re here to advocate for you and your child.

Grandparents’ Rights

If you’re a grandparent, you might be especially worried about your rights. However, time with a grandparent can enrich a child’s life as much as time with a parent.

If the custodial parent is refusing to give you visiting time, speak with a lawyer. We may be able to show that it’s in the child’s best interests to have a relationship with you, so reach out for help.

MilwaukeeFamily Law FAQ

When you’re facing a divorce, custody dispute, or other difficult family law matter, having the right lawyer on your side can make a huge difference.

At Karp & Iancu, SC, we understand how difficult it can be to understand and resolve family law disputes. You have questions that other sources simply aren’t answering. That’s why we offer the following questions and answers, as well as a free consultation for any other questions you have. If you have questions and need help, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

What does “no-fault” divorce mean in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, you can expect your divorce to be a no-fault divorce, which means that you don’t need a reason to divorce your spouse. You may simply say there was an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. To contrast, some states require the spouse seeking a divorce to bring forward proof that a divorce is necessary. For example, they may be required to provide evidence of infidelity or abuse.

What's the difference between legal and physical custody?

Legal custody means that you have some rights to access and make decisions for your children. For example, even if you have no custody rights, you may have access to their medical, school, or other records and be able to help make decisions for them.

Physical custody is the actual custody of the child. For example, if you have joint custody with your former spouse, you’ll share physical custody of the child. Understanding what type of custody you need can help you make arrangements and decisions for your child.

I lost my job. Can I change my support agreement?

Yes, you may be able to change your agreement for spousal maintenance or child support. In cases where you’ve gone through a major life change, your support payments should be re-evaluated. You’ll need to notify the right parties, however, and that can be confusing. Fortunately, a Milwaukee family attorney can help. Your lawyer can help you modify your support payments to fit your needs.

What if my ex refuses to pay child support?

If your former spouse refuses to honor the agreement you reached, you’ll be able to fight back. Child support authorities have options for enforcing child support, such as wage garnishment, liens, and license suspensions. If your ex refuses to pay, reach out to your attorney. We can help you get the funds you’re owed.

Do I need an attorney to file for a divorce, annulment, or other family law action?

Generally, you’re not required to hire a lawyer for your case. Most case types allow you to represent yourself. However, your case may not be successful without an attorney on your side during your legal battle.

A Milwaukee family law attorney at our firm has the legal experience and knowledge you need. If you’re struggling through a family law dispute or divorce, your lawyer can help ensure that your case is resolved in your favor. To get started, call us at 414-453-0800 or fill out the contact form below.

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