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Understanding Parenting Plans in Wisconsin Divorce Cases

Posted on in Divorce/Family Law

Delafield, WI child custody lawyerIf you are getting divorced, you know the confusion and uncertainty it can bring. One of the most common questions people getting a divorce ask is, “What happens to my children?” While this is a legitimate and important question, there is no simple answer. Just because you are getting a divorce from your spouse does not mean that your--or their--relationship with your children ends. You may not be married forever, but you will be a parent for life. You and your spouse may be in agreement about the legal and physical custody of your children, or you might have different ideas of what should happen.

Resolving Custody Issues Through Mediation

Wisconsin courts strongly believe that parents should try their best to settle any custody disagreements on their own. When parents make their own decisions about custody, they are more likely to stick to their decisions. If parents are not able to come to an agreement, Wisconsin courts may require them to attend at least one session of mediation to help them resolve any outstanding issues. If the spouses are unable to reach an agreement through mediation, then the parents will need to file a parenting plan with the court within 60 days. 

Elements of Wisconsin Parenting Plans

In Wisconsin, the person who is petitioning for sole or joint custody of the child must file a parenting plan with the court. If the other parent does not also file a parenting plan within 60 days, they waive their right to object to the parenting plan. A parenting plan filed with the court should contain the following elements:

  • What kind of custody the parent is seeking.
  • Where the parent lives currently,
  • Where the parent works and when they will be working.
  • Who will take care of the child when the parent cannot.
  • Where the child will go to school.
  • Which doctor or healthcare facility will take care of the child.
  • How the child’s medical expenses will be paid.
  • What the child’s religion will be, if any.
  • How important decisions will be made about the child.
  • How holidays and summer schedules will be divided.
  • How communication between the child and one parent will be handled during the other parent’s parenting time.
  • Whether or not child support will be paid.

A Waukesha, WI Divorce Lawyer Can Help

Parenting plans can be complex, and an experienced family law attorney can help you make sure your plan meets your legal requirements while protecting your children’s best interests and your parental rights. Making decisions about your children can be stressful, but by working with a Waukesha County divorce attorney, you can have peace of mind knowing you and your family have the legal help you need. The Bucher Law Group, LLC can help you with all aspects of your Wisconsin divorce. Call our office at 262-303-4916 to schedule a free consultation.



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