Child Support, Custody or Placement Disputes
Moen, Sheehan, Meyer, Ltd knows that children are the most important consideration in a divorce proceeding. Regardless of the cause of your marriage failing or the state of your relationship, families typically agree on this fact and want what is in the best interests of the child or children, just as our family law divorce attorneys and our trained paralegals do. Below you will find more information about child custody disputes and child support payments, these are general guidelines and your situation may be slightly different.
The state of Wisconsin has clear rules regarding child support and child custody, though a Court ultimately makes these decisions based on your individual situation. Our attorneys have assisted in many divorce cases involving child support and child custody and we offer our clients compassionate guidance so that they can make an informed decision. Although our attorneys have successfully argued before the Federal Court of Appeals, we try to settle cases out of court whenever possible in order to protect the family; however, we know that litigation may be necessary and we prepare to fight very aggressively from the onset. Early consultation with an attorney who can give you options when you need it most is important.
Why Choose Moen, Sheehan, Meyer, Ltd
Our La Crosse divorce lawyers have over 50 years of experience in Wisconsin divorce law. We want to ensure that your children receive the level of care they deserve. Our law firm believes in family first and we fight hard for the safety and welfare of children during a divorce. We want to handle your case in a way that provides as seamless of a transition as possible for your kids.
Wisconsin Child Custody
Child custody arrangements are some of the most difficult decisions you, your attorney and the Court must make. Moen, Sheehan, Meyer, Ltd seeks, above all else, to ensure that the final arrangements are in the child’s best interests. Even though Mom and Dad may not get along, they both love their children and we want the kids to feel that, too.
Legal custody refers to the parent who has the right to make decisions regarding education, non-emergency medical procedures and other issues pertaining to the child’s welfare. Under normal circumstances, Wisconsin law assumes that both parents will have joint custody. However, if there has been any history of abuse (physical abuse, sexual abuse or domestic violence), drugs or child neglect, the court usually denies custody to the offending parent. When a court makes a final decision regarding custody, it typically remains in effect for two years, barring any significant changes in family circumstances.
Wisconsin Child Support
Wisconsin courts typically make a decision regarding child support once they award one party primary placement of the children. Child support comes from the parent who does not have primary custody and he or she pays it to the parent who does have custody. Child support should promote the child’s welfare.
To determine the amount, the state of Wisconsin uses straightforward percentage guidelines, unless an attorney presents a reason the court should act differently, and the Court then rules in that party’s favor. The guidelines state that a parent must pay a certain percentage of his or her gross income per child. Most of the time payments come directly out of that individual’s paycheck, and a clerk of the courts ensures to distribute them properly. Please note that there are other exemptions to the standard child support guidelines, and we can help you understand those as well.