CHILD CUSTODY AND PLACEMENT IN WISCONSIN
WHAT EVERY DIVORCING PARENT SHOULD KNOW
UNDERSTANDING THE "BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD" STANDARDIn Wisconsin, the term “custody” is often misunderstood to mean the parent with whom the child is living after the divorce, when in fact the term is short for “legal custody” - the right to make major decisions affecting the child, such as choice of school system, doctors, and the like. The phrases “physical placement” and “visitation” are used to describe the living arrangements for the child, starting with the amount of time the child resides with each parent. Most cases open with the presumption that shared legal custody and shared physical placement are in best interest of the child, which requires both parents to work together to ensure the safety and well-being of their child. Divorce PRO Wisconsin offers personalized legal solutions for divorcing parents who want to minimize the impact of divorce on their children. We are here to help.
How Do Courts Decide Child Custody and Placement?If the parties cannot agree, the Court will decide custody and placement for them after considering the facts of their situation and the best interest of the child. In some cases, the Court is guided by the recommendation of a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), an attorney appointed to represent the child’s interests at trial. In doing so, the Court is required to weigh a variety of statutory factors aimed at maximizing each parent’s role in the child’s life moving forward, as follows:
- The wishes of the parents as evidenced by an agreement, a parenting plan, or a proposal.
- The wishes of the child as communicated by the child through a GAL or other appropriate professional.
- The relationship between parent and child, child and sibling, and/or child and other persons of significance.
- The participation of each parent in the upbringing of the child to that point.
- The child's ability to adjust to a new home, school, and community.
- The child's age, along with the child's developmental and educational needs.
- Click to review each of the 16 factors outlined in sec. 767.41(5)(am) of the Wisconsin Statutes.
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