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Fathers’ Rights

Accomplished Milwaukee Lawyers Protect the Rights of Fathers

Wisconsin family law attorneys deliver comprehensive support

For generations, legal authorities have failed to recognize the critical importance of fathers when making child custody and visitation determinations. This bias has, unfortunately, harmed the relationships fathers have with their sons and daughters following a divorce. At Hart Law Office in Milwaukee, we understand the value of the paternal bond and work tirelessly to ensure that both parents are given equal treatment as required under Wisconsin law. If you’re a father seeking to assert his rights in a parenting matter or just want to understand your legal options, our experienced family lawyers can help.

Dedicated firm handles issues involving custody and physical placement

Our firm has handled every facet of divorce proceedings since 1977. Though times have changed, without proper representation, your rights still might be infringed in decisions relating to:

  • Legal custody — In most cases, divorced parents share joint responsibility for key decisions that affect their children. Our firm can advocate for your rights if you are being unfairly excluded from discussions that relate to your child’s health, education or other important matters.
  • Physical placement — Living arrangements for your son and daughter are supposed to be based on their best interests. Many factors can come into play whether you are providing the child’s primary residence or if you seek to establish visitation terms that allow you to maintain frequent and meaningful contact with him or her. By conducting a comprehensive review of the situation, we will press for a physical placement order that allows your child to thrive with the full support of both parents.
  • Children’s preference — A child who is 14 or older has the right to choose which parent they want to live with, unless the court deems that parent to be unfit. Younger sons and daughters can make their preference known, but their reasoning needs to be appropriate. If you believe your child’s wishes are being overlooked, we will help you explore your options.

In a free initial consultation, we will examine the circumstances in your situation and devise a strategy that benefits you and your children.

Skillful advocates help unmarried men establish paternity

When an unmarried mother gives birth in Wisconsin, the child’s father must take legal steps to add his name to the birth record. If there is no dispute as to the baby’s father, both parents can sign a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement. This establishes a legal relationship, which means that the father has custody and physical placement rights as well as the responsibility to provide child support. If there’s a dispute over parentage or the restriction of your ability to participate in the raising of your child, we will petition the court for immediate relief.

Contact an experienced Wisconsin fathers’ rights lawyer for a free initial consultation

Hart Law Office represents Wisconsin fathers in divorces and other disputes related to parenting issues. Please call 414-436-3212 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our office in Milwaukee’s historic Third Ward. We offer weekend and evening appointments to better serve you.

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A: A divorce is the legal termination of marriage. All states require a spouse to identify a legal reason for requesting a divorce when filing the divorce papers with the court. The reasons given when filing are referred to as the grounds for divorce.

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