Wisconsin Child Custody

Posted by admin on April 27th, 2006

Wisconsin Child Custody cases determine child custody by reviewing all facts and information that is in the best interest of the children involved in the case. Even though each case is based individually there are a few factors that are set to aid the court and judges in making the final decision.

These factors are as follows:

* The wishes of the parents and any parenting plan or legal custody proposal the parents have submitted.

* The wishes of the children if the children are old enough and mature enough to make these decisions.

* The relationship and interaction between the children and each parent.

* The relationship the children have with their siblings and others living in the home.

* The amount of time each parent has spent with the children in the past.

* The amount of time each parent is expecting to spend with the children after the divorce.

* The adjustment the children have in their school, their community, their religion and their home.

* The age of the children.

* The development of the children and the educational needs the children will at different ages.

* The physical and mental health of both parents, the children and others in the home and how this may affect their physical, intellectual and emotional well being.

* Which parent is capable of providing a stable and safe home environment.

* If there is available private or public child care services.

* If the parents can communicate and cooperate when it comes to issues concerning their children.

* If both parents can encourage frequent and continuing contact with the other parent and the children without interfering.

* Evidence of child abuse.

* Evidence of domestic abuse.

* Alcohol or drug abuse.

* Reports by appropriate professionals which are in the best interest of the children involved.

* The safety and well being of the children.

* Any and all evidence that can aid the judge in determining the best type of custody in each individual case.

Wisconsin does lean toward joint or shared custody if at all feasible, for the well being and the best interest of the children. Children need the love and affection from both parents and normally joint custody can provide the balance they need to adjust to their new lifestyle with both parents living in separate locations. If joint custody is not possible the court will determine which parent is best suited to care for the children and will set up visitation for the non-custodial parent.

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