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Navigating Wisconsin’s Child Relocation Laws

Following a divorce, a lot of people relocate – but relocation becomes complicated when there’s a minor child and shared custody involved. Wisconsin laws aim to prioritize the best interests of the child while also ensuring fairness and clarity in relocation decisions for the parents.

Thelen & Associates, LLC, has over 30 years of experience in family law, specializing in cases involving child custody, placement and relocation. Our attorneys understand the nuances of Wisconsin’s relocation laws and are dedicated to protecting our clients’ interests throughout the legal process here in Waukesha and Mukwonago and the surrounding area.

Can A Parent Relocate With A Minor Child In Wisconsin?

Generally, a parent cannot move more than 100 miles from the location where they lived when the custody order was established or more out of the state. If they wish to do so, they must first notify the other parent via official channels and give the other parent time to agree or object.

Thelen & Associates, LLC, can provide invaluable legal counsel and representation to ensure that you understand your rights and obligations under Wisconsin’s relocation laws and to advocate for your interests throughout the relocation process.

How Does The Court Decide Issues Concerning Child Relocation?

All issues concerning custody are decided based on what is in the best interests of the child. In relocation requests, the relocating parent must show how they will ultimately benefit from the move, whether that’s from enhanced opportunities related to their parent’s job change, educational opportunities or familial support. In addition, the court will want to know how the nonrelocating parent will be able to maintain their connection to their child from a distance and what the relocating parent proposes for custody and visitation.

Contact Us Today

Do not take chances when it comes to understanding Wisconsin’s relocation laws. Call Thelen & Associates, LLC, at 262-200-8002 or email us to schedule a consultation and ensure that you get the clarity and support you need from an experienced lawyer.