Call Today! 920-749-2002HOMEAlan HoffElizabeth Ryan-PanzerHeather ClaringboleKatelyn QuigleyFamily LawDivorce LawCONTACT US

Grandparents, Stepparents, Relative Visitation

At Hoff & Panzer, LLP, we represent people in addressing visitation with children. In most instances, the people seeking visitation are Grandparents, Great Grandparents or Stepparents, but we also work with Aunt & Uncles and other family members seeking visitation, and we represent parents, too, who are being sued for visitation with their minor children by others.

Supreme Court Changes Law

In 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court made it easier for grandparents and stepparents to petition for visitation by making it clear that grandparents and stepparents did not need to establish a parent-like relationship with their grandchildren and stepchildren in order to petition the court for visitation.  While this eliminated one obstacle to establishing visitation rights for these third parties, the Wisconsin Supreme Court emphasized that courts must still give special weight to the decisions of a fit parent.  While these cases are to be guided by what is in the children’s best interests, a parent is presumed to know what is in their children’s best interests. 

Negotiating Resolution or Taking Court Action

At Hoff & Panzer, LLP, our attorneys recognize that going to court to address these matters is no one’s first choice, so we assist in trying to resolve differences by negotiating a resolution when possible.  If we are not able to reach an agreement, we are prepared to represent our clients’ interests in family court.

Attorney Elizabeth M. Ryan-Panzer
Attorney Heather M. Claringbole
Attorney Katelyn Quigley

Free initial consultation

Our attorneys at Hoff & Panzer, LLP offer a free initial consultation for people seeking legal guidance and representation in family law, divorce, maintenance/alimony, child custody, child support, stepparent adoption, guardianships, personal injury, or real estate matters. Please call (920-749-2002) or e-mail our law office to arrange for a free initial consultation today.


Hoff & Panzer, LLP
600 Northland Ave., Suite 1
Appleton, Wisconsin 54911
Telephone: (920) 749-2002
E-mail  ::  Directions  ::  Map

Business Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday:  8 AM - 4:30 PM

Wisconsin Geographic Area Served

Hoff & Panzer serves clients in Portage, Waupaca, Outagamie, Brown, Waushara, Calumet, and Winnebago Counties in Wisconsin. The Attorneys at Hoff & Panzer, LLP represent people across Northeast Wisconsin, including Appleton, Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Green Bay, Waupaca, Chilton, Wautoma, Stevens Point and throughout the Fox Valley and Outagamie, Winnebago, Brown, Waupaca, Calumet, Waushara, and Portage Counties.

Hoff & Panzer, LLP

We serve clients in Appleton, Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Green Bay, Waupaca, Chilton, Wautoma, Stevens Point, and throughout the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin, including Outagamie, Winnebago, Brown, Waupaca, Calumet, Waushara, and Portage Counties.

600 East Northland Ave. Suite 1
Appleton, WI 54911

(920) 749-2002

HOFF & PANZER, LLP  ::  600 Northland Avenue, Suite 1  ::  Appleton, WI 54911

© 2003 - 2018 | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Copyright | Trademark Notice | Legal Disclaimer | No Attorney-Client Relationship Online | No Confidentiality Online | Limits of Liability | Time Sensitibity Information

The information on this website is not, nor intended to be, legal advice. You should consult with an attorney in regards to legal advice for your individual situation.

  • Find us on