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Custody and Placement

Child Custody:  Custody grants one or both parents the right to make major decisions concerning your child's upbringing. Major decisions can include consent to marry before age 18, consent to enter military service before age 18, consent to obtain a driver's license, authorization for nonemergency health care, and choice of school and religion. The determination of whether custody should be sole or joint is based on the best interest of the child with a presumption that joint custody is usually best for the child.
Child Placement:  Physical placement usually means where the child's head hits the pillow at night. If the parties do not agree on the physical placement schedule, there is a procedure through the courts to help the parties reach an agreement. If the parties cannot reach an agreement, the court makes a decision.
In making the decision, the court considers all facts relevant to the best interest of the child. Some of the factors the court considers are:

  1. The wishes of the child, which may be communicated by the child or through a guardian ad litem appointed for the child, or by another professional

  2. The relationship of the child with each parent, with siblings and with any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interest 

  3. The amount and quality of time each parent spent with the child in the past 

  4. Any necessary changes to the parents' custodial roles and any reasonable life-style changes that a parent proposes to make to be able to spend time with the child in the future

  5. The child's adjustment to the home, school, religion and community 

  6. The age of the child and the child's developmental and educational needs at different ages 

  7. The mental and physical health of the parties, the minor children and other persons living in the proposed custodial household 

  8. The need for regularly occurring and meaningful periods of visitation and physical placement in order to provide predictability and stability for the child

  9. The availability of public or private child care services 

Whether each party can support the other party's relationship with the child, or whether one party is likely to interfere with the child's continuing relationship with the other party or to unreasonably refuse to cooperate or communicate with the other party.
In any disputed child custody matter, the court will order the parents to enter into mediation. In the event that you are handling the case on your own, pro se, or that one or both of you have hired other lawyers to handle your case, attorney Kris Thelen is certified mediator, equipped to help you arrive at a mediated child custody and visitation agreement.
When it is not possible for parents to agree on what is in the best interest of a child, all of our attorneys are well-equipped to take your case to court.
If you need assistance with a child custody and visitation matter, or would like to learn more about these cost-effective alternatives to going to court, contact our Milwaukee and Waukesha child custody attorneys. We can help with these and other issues. As your attorneys, we will work to present a strong case in your favor.