Joint Custody is when both parties share legal custody with equal rights, or with one party’s superiority being specified in the final order. The most common form of joint custody is 50-50 placement. Wisconsin Law judges that joint custody is in the best interest of the child. Both parents must be involved and work together to make decisions that affect the life of their child(ren). Each parent has equal say in major parental choices regarding schooling, religion, marriage as a minor, or joining the military as a minor.
Sole Custody is a much more difficult case to fight for in court. The Wisconsin Courts always support the best interest of the child and typically that means sole custody is only received when the other parent is deemed unable to perform parental responsibilities, or if both parties cannot agree on major life decisions involving their children, i.e. religion and schooling. If the parties were unmarried at the time of the child’s birth, the mother is presumed to have sole custody until a paternity action is established. For the party without custody, they may be required to pay child support and may be granted visitation rights. Father's rights can apply to unmarried fathers and divorced fathers.
Mediation for Child
placement & custody
Divergent Family Law offers family mediation services for parents who can’t agree on custodial issues and need help reaching a decision. Our expert attorneys can bridge a compromise between parties to avoid taking disagreements to court. If an agreement can’t be reached, the court may appoint a Guardian ad Litem to represent the best interest of the child while the case is pending.
Post-Judgement Child Custody & Placement Modification in Milwaukee
Often times, after several years the original custody or placement arrangement ceases to work as well due to changing living locations, schools, or other unforeseen occurrences. Wisconsin divorce law allows for modification of placement schedules in certain circumstances. To make any placement arrangement the most positive it can be for your child, we encourage exploring our co-parenting resources.
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