Child Custody and Placement

When going through a divorce, everyone wants what’s best for the children involved, and the law is no exception to this rule. Dahlberg Law can help.

In Wisconsin, the laws are set up so that the state makes decisions about child custody arrangements based on what is best for the children in the divorce. Wisconsin judges are not permitted to give sole legal or physical custody based only upon one of the parent’s gender, sexual orientation, financial status, where they live or any other factor that may be in the case.

Both parents in the divorce are more than likely to get custody in some form unless a parent has committed serious crimes, has substance abuse problems or has been arrested for domestic violence or abuse. Parents of the children that have these problems, in some cases, will be granted supervised visitation rights.


 Aspects to consider in Wisconsin:

  • The wishes of both parents and the parenting plan that the parents have agreed on in writing.
  • The wishes of the children involved in the divorce, if they’re old enough to make decisions on their own accord.
  • Whether or not one or both parents are able and willing to be a good parent, and the need to make the children have a meaningful relationship a top priority.
  • Relationships with their siblings or other people in the household that may affect the best interest of the children.
  • Of the two parents which is most likely to allow the other to have a good relationship with the children that are involved.
  • After the divorce, the children’s new adjustment to their home, school and neighborhood.
  • The mental and physical wellness of everyone involved in the divorce.
  • Whether either parent in the divorce has plans to move.

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Two Types of Child Custody:


Physical custody:

which is exactly what it sounds like it is – the parent that has the children physically with them at any time. When you have physical custody of a child, you are responsible for providing food, shelter, and supervision for the child.


Legal custody:

is custody in which the parent has the legal responsibility and legal right to make decisions for the children. When a parent has legal custody, it allows them to have access to the children’s medical records, grades at school and other private information, and it gives the parent legal decision-making authority in these areas.

Divorce cases that have joint physical custody are when both parents have time with the children, though it is not always an equal amount of time. Divorce cases where the parents have joint legal custody mean both of the children’s parents have equal access to the children’s information, and the decisions made for the children must be made together.

In regards to physical custody, it is fairly rare for one of the children’s parents to be given sole physical custody. It’s even rarer for one of the children’s parents to be granted sole legal custody of the children. If a Wisconsin court gives sole legal custody to one of the child’s parents, it is not easy for the other parent to reverse this court action. For this reason, it is very important to make sure you are well-represented in your divorce or custody case from the very start of these proceedings.


Parenting Plans

Spouses that are agreeable to custody arrangements will write up a parenting plan to submit to the Wisconsin court at the onset of a divorce. The parenting plan should cover how much time each parent will have with their children and how they will share in the decision-making power, among other things for the children. The parenting plan will normally be accepted unless the Greater Milwaukee courts feel that the parenting plan is not what’s in the children’s best interests. An experienced Wisconsin divorce lawyer from Dahlberg Law Group can guide parents through the circumstances and what is likely to win the Wisconsin court’s approval for a parenting plan.

Our attorneys may also be able to work with parents to overcome initial conflicts about the parenting plan and avoid a drawn-out and expensive courtroom war over the parenting plan.

When the parents in a divorce absolutely cannot agree on a parenting plan, they can hire a judge or a mediation lawyer to help write up the parenting plan. Having an experienced family law attorney on your side is very important in these custody cases because your time with your children depends heavily on how well you are represented in court or the mediation of this custody case.

The child custody aspect of divorce cases is often the most contentious and is the most common area of disagreement in many divorces. The children in the divorce deserve the absolute best parenting plan and financial support setup that the law can give them. If at all possible, the children should never be subjected to a long and bitter child custody battle.

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If you need representation and information in a divorce or child custody dispute, call Dahlberg Law Group. Our attorneys can help you work up a viable parenting plan, help resolve key custody disagreements with your spouse and also put your best foot forward in a child custody court case or mediation dispute.

Call our law firm now for a free consultation with our child custody attorneys, 262-677-8999.

No Fee Retainer Agreements on most family law matters.

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