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Father-Son Legal Team Committed to Helping with Child Custody Matters in Milwaukee

A competent and compassionate family-focused firm prioritizing you and your children

As a father-son legal team, at Hart Law Office, we understand the importance of parents’ relationships with their children. It is vital that both parents are active and engaged in their children’s lives post-divorce. We prioritize your children’s needs in helping you develop a fair custody arrangement.

Helping you navigate an emotional process with your children’s best interests in mind

In Wisconsin, custody is the decision as to which parent is legally responsible for a child. There are two types of custody — physical and legal — and with respect to both types, there are also a number of possible arrangements that a divorcing couple may reach, including:

  • Physical custody: Physical custody, or physical placement, denotes which parent has primary responsibility for the children and lives with the children. You and your spouse may agree on:
    • Full physical custody: Either you or your spouse have primary physical responsibility for your children.
    • Joint physical custody: You and your spouse share physical custody of your child and agree on a schedule for when the children are with either parent.
  • Legal custody: This type of custody refers to the responsibility for decision-making on important issues such as healthcare and nonemergency medical treatment, education and religion. You might consider:
    • Full legal custody: Either you or your spouse have primary responsibility for making important decisions regarding the children and may choose to consult the other spouse on those issues.
    • Joint legal custody: You and your spouse share responsibility for making important decisions that affect your children.

A number of factors go into a decision about which parent has legal and/or physical custody or whether you and your spouse share custody, and our attorneys can help you navigate these complicated issues.

Who gets custody and what is involved in making that determination?

In the best-case scenario, you and your spouse make the determination as to who gets legal custody and physical placement. Working together calmly and cooperatively during this process is essential, as conflict and tension can negatively affect your children or the children’s relationship with you or your spouse. Our attorneys can work with you and your spouse to develop a custody arrangement that works for you and is also in the best interests of your children. We are committed to ensuring that your children’s quality of life does not suffer after a divorce.

Planning a role for both parents in children’s lives post-divorce

Even if your spouse is awarded full physical custody, you have a right to see and spend time with your children. Hart Law Office helps you work out a visitation plan, setting forth when and how you spend time with your children. Even if you share physical custody, a visitation plan can be important in spelling out the details of your children’s movements to and from your home and specific dates on which your children are physically placed with you. Because children should have a healthy relationship with both parents, ensuring a fair visitation schedule is imperative for a healthy transition to a two-household family.

If my spouse and I agree to joint physical custody, do I have to pay child support?

Depending on a number of factors, each parent must contribute to the child’s quality of life in some way. The amount that a parent must pay in child support is determined by a standard calculation that takes the number of children, your income, your earning capacity and other circumstances into account. If you and your spouse share physical custody, you may also be responsible for additional costs, such as tuition and activities. Hart Law Office can explain how these determinations are made and how the child support guidelines affect you.

Trust our Milwaukee legal team to advocate for what’s best for your children

At Hart Law Office, we understand that a divorce can be devastating for your children, and we put their best interests first. Call 414-271-1775 or visit our office today for a free initial consultation. Our office is easily accessible by public transportation in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, and we offer weekend or evening appointments to work around your schedule. We serve families in southeast Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Washington and Ozaukee counties. Contact us online today.

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