When both parents would like to share responsibilities and work together in making major decisions for the child, joint custody typically occurs. One parent normally has the child more days per year which makes them the primary placement. Typically a 50/50 placement is selected in most joint custody arrangements since it’s in the best interest of the child. Both parents have equal rights in making major decisions for their child regarding education, religion, marriage, and military while the child is a minor.
Since joint custody is in the best interest of the child according to the court, sole custody is harder to receive. If one parent cannot perform their parental responsibilities or if both parents can’t come to an agreement regarding their child(ren), sole custody might be awarded. The mother holds sole custody if the parents were unmarried at the time of birth. A paternity action must be established to modify custody. Father’s rights may apply to advocate for equal rights of both parents. The parent who does not receive custody may have to pay child support and could be granted visitation.
Placement & Custody
Mediation for Children
Parents who have a difficult time reaching a custody agreement may benefit from family mediation services. Rather than battle it out in court, our neutral mediators can facilitate conversations between both spouses to avoid lengthy and expensive court time. A Guardian ad Litem may be appointed to the child during the case if parties are unable to come to an agreement.
Modification for Child Custody & Placement in Whitewater
Time can change the initial verdict of child placement that was settled on in court. Children may experience a big move or a change in schools that can result in a modification of placement schedules. Check out our co-parenting resources for more on the placement arrangement experience.