In Re Marriage of Chen v. Warner


2005 WI 55, 280 Wis. 2d 344, 695 N.W. 2d 758 (WI, 2005)


Standard of appellate review for shirking is that an appellate court should independently determine the issue of reasonableness, giving appropriate deference to the circuit court. In this case, the mother decision to forgo employment outside the home and become an at-home full-time child care provider was reasonable under the circumstances. The parents agreed that it was better for the children to have a parent at home full time, the mother was unable to find part-time employment within commuting distance and the father was able to make additional expenditures for the children.

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