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Child custody and support issues that many Wisconsin parents face

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.

Anticipating a child custody battle in a Wisconsin divorce?

Wisconsin parents definitely do not always agree when it comes to raising their children. It is common for families to include one parent who is more lenient with kids than the other, for instance. Such differences of opinion can lead to legal problems if a particular set of parents decides to divorce and one or the other files a child custody petition.

State laws may not be supportive enough of shared parenting

With a plethora of research proving that shared parenting is in the best interest of children everywhere whose parents are getting divorced, it may be surprising to some that it is not promoted further by state courts. In Wisconsin and many other states, some people are questioning whether or not lawmakers are doing enough to support a shared parenting initiative for children in households where their parents have divorced. 

Are you still required to pay child support with no job?

You have recently been informed that your job in Wisconsin is no longer stable and it is time for you to find new employment. While this news alone has left you feeling stressed and uneasy, you are also facing the challenge of continuing to support your children through a legally required child support payment, without adequate income to cover the costs recommended by the court order. 

When is child support modification possible?

When you get divorced in Wisconsin, a court sets the terms of your child support agreement based on your child's living situation and you and your ex-spouse's financial assets. However, the original child support payments may not be correct if your income changes. In certain circumstances, you may request that the terms of your child support agreements change to accommodate new financial realities.

What is the process for moving with a child after a divorce?

If you are a divorced parent who wants to move with your children to a different home, there are certain legal steps you must take. Wisconsin has strict regulations that cover relocating with children after a divorce. There were several updates to the law in 2018 that changed some of the relocation requirements and streamlined the legal process to make it easier for both parents.

Incarceration and child support

When it comes to jailtime and child support in Wisconsin, there are two main things to keep in mind. The first is that failure to keep up with child support payments could potentially land a person in jail. The second is that being in jail, whether for child support payment lapses or other reasons, does not exempt a person from the need to pay child support.

Relocating with kids after a Wisconsin divorce

Like others in Wisconsin who get divorced, you may find yourself wanting to move to pursue new job opportunities, to be closer to family or just to achieve a fresh start. As a parent, however, you cannot just pack up and go if your child is subject to a custody order. We at Brazil & Benske LLC understand the state’s procedures for relocating with minor-aged children and have guided many parents through the process of obtaining legal permission for a move.

Child custody as a working mother

There are a number of factors that can affect how custody is awarded, and every parent is in a different position. Some parents may be very wealthy, while others may struggle to get by, living paycheck to paycheck. If you are a working mother, you may have a number of stressors in front of you as you approach the process of determining how custody will be awarded. Moreover, you may find yourself in the middle of a brutal dispute, which could disrupt your daily life in a myriad of ways. If you are very busy with your career, it is vital to prevent these challenges from getting in the way of your professional life while doing everything you can to secure your custody rights and protect your child’s best interests.

Best interest of the child factors

If you are going through a divorce in Milwaukee and are also figuring out custody for your children, there is a lot of stress and probably a lot of questions around how a judge makes custody decisions. Most consider what is in the best interest of the child, and there are numerous factors involved based on the living situation and age of the child.

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