Colin A. Drayton

Colin A. Drayton

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Colin represents those going through divorce. He is well-versed in dealing with financial issues such as property division, child support, maintenance, and children’s issues. Additionally, he has drafted and negotiated over 100 prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements, and has several published works on this topic.
Colin also has experience with family-law appellate cases, including drafting briefs to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. This included serving as co-counsel in a successful appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Siech v. Schwab (Wisconsin Supreme Court, published opinion June 22, 2021).
He publishes and presents on family law issues, and on prenuptial agreements. This includes multiple articles in the Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, the American Journal of Family Law, and a co-authored chapter on Wisconsin Prenuptial Agreement Law that was published by Wolters Kluwer.
He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section, the Leander J. Foley Society of Family Lawyers, the Association of Family Conciliation Courts, and the Waukesha Bar Association. He also devoted time as part of a task force that revised the Milwaukee County family court rules.

Published Works

  • Chapter: Carlton D. Stansbury and Colin A. Drayton, Wisconsin: Prenuptial Law published in Drafting Prenuptial Agreements, Skoloff, Singer, Jr. and Brown (Wolters Kluwer 1994; supp 2018).
  • Article: “Views from the Mediator’s Bench: Making Mediation More Effective,” 40 Wisconsin Journal of Family Law 9 (January 2023)
  • Article: “Not Empty Promises: Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Divorce Agreement Integrity,” 38 Wisconsin Journal of Family Law 73 (October 2021)
  • Article: “Stimulate Your Value with Stimulus Language,” 38 Wisconsin Journal of Family Law 62 (July 2021).
  • Article: Colin A. Drayton, Junion and the Enforceability of Prenuptial Agreements. 38 Wisconsin Journal of Family Law 6 (January 2021)
  • Article: Colin A. Drayton, Crime Doesn’t Pay: The Impact of Criminal Acts During Divorce, 36 Wisconsin Journal of Family Law 89 (November 2019)
  • Article: Carlton D. Stansbury & Colin A. Drayton, Increasing the Likelihood of Enforcing a Prenup, 33 American Journal of Family Law 221 (Spring 2019)
  • Presentation co-author: “Divide All Stock Options If-As-When? Not So Fast”, prepared for the American Association of Matrimonial Law-Wisconsin Chapter October 24, 2020 meeting.
  • Caselaw Update: Junion v. Junion, Appeal. No. 19-AF-844 (Court of Appeals, June 16, 2020)
  • An Overview of “Parental Separation of Overnight Care of Young Children”, prepared for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Wisconsin Chapter, 2017 Annual Education Event, Milwaukee, March 2017.

Classes & Seminars

  • Contributor to case studies, “Divorce Wisconsin Style: Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers,” Judges Panel, February 2020, February 2019, March/April 2021.
  • Co-Presenter, Between Shirking and Earning Capacity: An Analysis of Caselaw, Wisconsin Judicial College, January 2018

Representative Cases

  • Buck
  • Rust
  • Danielson
  • Quartana v. Quartana, Appeal No. 20-AP-1168 (Court of Appeals 2021)
  • Siech v. Schwab (Wisconsin Supreme Court, published opinion June 22, 2021)
  • Bernhard v. Bernhard, Appeal No. 20-AP-194 (Court of Appeals, December 3, 2020)
  • Siech v. Schwab, 2020 WI App. 40, Appeal No. 19-AP-1200 (Court of Appeals, May 5, 2020)
  • Kearns v. Kearns, 2017 WI 83 (Wisconsin Supreme Court Petition for Review)
  • Kearns v. Kearns, Appeal No. 16-AP-1407 (Court of Appeals, March 22, 2017)



  • Rising Star by Wisconsin Super Lawyers, as published in Milwaukee Magazine, 2020-2023
  • Top 10 Under 40 for excellence in field of family law by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2022