Filing for divorce is often one of the most serious decisions a Wisconsin parent makes in life. Whether you have one or several children, you likely never imagined you’d one day be filing a petition in court to end your marriage. In such situations, it is not uncommon to worry about child custody and support issues, especially if you anticipate a less-than-amicable process with your ex as you work to finalize a settlement.
The court typically believes that most children fare best when they have ample opportunity to maintain active, healthy relationships with both parents after divorce. If there is no reason your ex should be barred from seeing your kids, you might be able to work out a shared custody plan. In fact, many parents are able to do this without ever stepping foot inside a courtroom by using mediation or collaborative law sessions to avoid litigation.
If you believe your co-parent’s presence is a detriment to your children’s safety and well-being, you may have grounds to request sole custody. However, the judge overseeing your case isn’t likely to deem your ex an unfit parent if there is no evidence available to substantiate the claim. If you request sole custody, you’ll be tasked with showing evidence that proves your request is in your children’s best interests.
Child custody and support issues can be complex. A concerned Wisconsin parent need not navigate the family justice system alone. Not only during your divorce process, but after a final decree has been issued as well, you can rely on Brazil & Benske LLC to help you overcome any legal obstacles that may arise.