Wisconsin Legal Custody
Wisconsin child custody falls into two categories: legal custody and physical placement. Legal custody encompasses the legal right to make important decisions regarding your child, which may include where they will attend school, what religion they practice, what medical care they will receive, or even whether they will be permitted to get a driver’s license or a cell phone as a young teen.
Parents make many important and potentially consequential decisions for their child, so legal custody is often awarded to both parents who will work together to make important decisions on behalf of their child. Sometimes, parents will divide responsibilities so that one parent is in charge of, and makes decisions, regarding a child’s education exclusively, while the other handles decisions regarding health care. In other cases, only one parent may be awarded sole legal custody and will make all decisions for the child. Every situation is unique and it is very important to work with an experienced child custody lawyer to discuss your case.
Wisconsin Physical Custody
Physical placement or visitation refers to the time a child spends at each parent’s house, which can be a 50/50 arrangement where parents spend nearly equal time with a child or perhaps an arrangement where a child spends alternating weekends or holidays with a parent, especially if one parent resides at a distance. The court will allocate placement to ensure the child can spend meaningful time with both parents, considering factors such as the child’s age and developmental needs, his or her relationship with parents and family members, the wishes of the parents and child, geographic location, and other relevant factors before making a determination.
Contact Our Experienced Child Custody Lawyers for Help
Because a child custody determination has long lasting effects on a child, not to mention the parents, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced child custody lawyer to ensure that the allocation of legal custody and physical custody is in the best interests of the child and that both parents are represented fairly. With over 50 years of combined experience our attorneys are prepared to take on any case, no matter how complex. Contact the family law attorneys at Probst Law Offices for your free consultation at 414-210-3135.