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What are My Child Custody Options in Wisconsin?


The hardest part of a divorce is ensuring that your child’s safety and security is maintained. Creating an effective and agreeable child custody plan is often difficult and confusing. Parents must decide with whom the child will live and who makes decisions regarding the minor’s care and well-being. Milwaukee child custody lawyers can help you design an effective parenting plan that is best for your child.

In Wisconsin, legal custody refers to the parent’s authority to make major decisions regarding their child. “Major decisions” include decisions regarding health care, schools and religion.

On the other hand, physical placement refers to where the child physically lives. A parent with placement rights can make routine, daily decisions regarding his or her child. A joint physical placement arrangement sets a schedule of when the child spends regularly occurring, meaningful time with both parents.

There are two legal custody options in Wisconsin:

  • Joint legal custody —Joint legal custody allows both parents to share custody. Neither parent’s legal custody rights are superior.
  • Sole legal custody — Sole legal custody means one parent retains the full authority to make all major decisions regarding the child’s care.

Joint custody is typically awarded in divorcing couples in Wisconsin, providing both parents are fit to care for the child. Parents can determine a custody and placement arrangement through mediation. If the divorce remains contested after mediation, a judge may decide upon custody and physical placement. A Milwaukee child custody attorney oversees all aspects of your divorce proceedings, helping you navigate through the complex child custody process.

For all your family law needs, turn to the Karp & Iancu, S.C. We can assist you with creating an amicable custody and placement arrangement that works in the best interests of your child.

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