Understanding Child Custody And Support In Wisconsin

For couples with minor children, child custody is a major focus of the divorce process. Custody questions also arise for unmarried couples in the context of separation or paternity disputes. Ultimately, the child custody arrangement will affect where your children live, who has a say in their upbringing, how often they will see each parent and countless other aspects of their lives.

It can be challenging to confront these important decisions, especially since they will affect your children for a long time to come — perhaps until they reach adulthood. Even more difficult is the prospect of a judge making the decisions for you.

Fortunately, you don't have to face these hurdles alone. At Summit Law Office, LLC in West Allis, our attorney will stand by you through all stages of the custody process. We can help you work toward a resolution that makes sense for your individual situation.

Types Of Custody

Wisconsin law recognizes two components of custody:

  • Legal custody refers to each parent's ability to make important decisions in the children's lives. Generally, legal custody is shared, unless there are compelling reasons to award sole legal custody.
  • Physical placement refers to where each child resides. Placement may be shared or awarded primarily to one parent with the other receiving regular visitation.

In pursuing one or both types of custody, our team will work with you to develop a strategy geared toward your priorities. We can also assist you with enforcing or modifying an existing custody arrangement.

Child Support

Parents have a legal obligation to provide for their children. When you're going through divorce, separation or custody proceedings, you will also have to address this obligation in terms of child support.

Wisconsin establishes statewide child support guidelines based largely on income and the amount of time each parent spends with the children. Special circumstances may warrant deviation from the guidelines. We can help you with establishing, modifying or challenging child support.

To speak with our lawyer about your specific situation, call 414-763-7266 or contact us online for your free initial consultation.