Protecting Your Rights Regarding Child Custody
Child custody is often the central issue of a divorce. How time will be divided between the parents is critical for both parents and the child or children. At Froelich Law Offices, our attorney understands how sensitive and important these issues are to you, and we work to help you obtain a child custody arrangement that truly is in the best interests of your children.
The Best Interests Standard
During a divorce in Wisconsin, child custody determinations are based on the “best interests of the child” standard. Unfortunately, your view of what is best for your children may be very different from the view of your child’s other parent. Our lawyer will explain how this standard is used and the many factors a judge will consider. This allows you to tailor your request for custody and placement to obtain the most favorable outcome in your case.
Placement And Custody
There are two parts to a custody determination. Placement involves how the child’s time is divided between the parents and where they sleep. Custody deals with the decision-making authority of the parents.
Joint custody means the parents have equal say in deciding questions involving the child’s education, religion, medical care and other significant issues. This is typically granted jointly. Child placement can be variable and much depends on the number of children, their age, temperament and their parents’ situation.
Dealing With Child Custody Disputes
If there are placement and custody disputes, the parents must go to mediation to resolve the issues. If an impasse is reached, the court will appoint a guardian ad litem (GAL). The GAL will then provide a recommendation regarding joint custody and primary custody to the court.
If a parent needs to move, relocation can become a contentious issue. It is very important that you obtain the approval of the court before you act. The court will analyze the question from the perspective of the best interests of the child, and we know how to develop arguments that can best demonstrate this.
A Goal Should Be To Reduce Conflict
As difficult as these issues can be, it is important to work to minimize conflict during the proceedings. Fighting over every issue tends to breed further conflict. Unless there is credible evidence of domestic violence, a court is unlikely to award sole custody to one parent. Working together in a civil manner and minimizing disputes and conflict is ultimately the best strategy for your children.
Another serious issue is a CHIPS petition (child in need of protection services). These petitions are brought by the local human services department when allegations of child neglect or abuse are raised. We can help you deal with these difficult proceedings.
Contact Our Attorney Today
Custody disputes can be contentious. Our lawyer has 28 years of experience, and we can help you understand your options for custody and placement and the likely outcomes. Call our Green Bay office today at 920-430-0365 or use our online form to tell us about your situation.