Ending a marriage is never easy, but a divorce that affects children can be especially difficult. Many of our clients fear for the well-being and future of their children at the end of judicial proceedings. We understand the uncertainty that you may be facing regarding custody and your family’s finances.
Van Hoof & Schneider Law Firm’s attorneys are focused on getting the best results for clients and their children. If you are facing a dispute over child custody or child support, speak with one of our child custody lawyers to learn more about the process.
Wisconsin courts encourage parents to reach his or her own agreements regarding child custody during divorce before turning to the legal process for a resolution. State law requires couples to meet at least once with a mediator before he or she can proceed in court. Courts often appoint a Guardian Ad Litem in such situations, to represent the best interests of the child in court. A court may also require a parenting plan that outlines how each parent will care for the needs of their child or children.
Wisconsin statute 767.41(5) lists the factors courts use in making a determination about custody and physical placement:
There are other factors a court may consider, such as existing alimony obligations and any other factors the court deems to be “relevant.”
Although child custody is based on a determination of a judge, courts use an objective formula to determine the child support a party may owe. Factors a court considers include:
There are numerous other factors that could be considered. A court may also set aside child support in a trust or separate fund set out for the welfare of the child.
Courts in Wisconsin generally modify custody or child support orders based on if a substantial change in circumstances has occurred. A substantial change in circumstances may constitute many things. Typical examples cited by Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families include:
There are many other situations that qualify as a substantial change in circumstances. A veteran Appleton divorce lawyer can assist you in determining if you qualify for a modification.
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Child custody and child support are complicated and depend on many factors. Van Hoof & Schneider Law Firm serves Appleton and the surrounding area. If you have questions related to divorce, child custody or child support, our attorneys can explain the law so you feel comfortable that your concerns are addressed. For a free 30-minute consultation, contact us at 920.788.3543 or online.
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MEET CASEY P. SCHNEIDER
Casey Paul Schneider obtained his Bachelor of Science, Dean's List, 1990, from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and his Juris Doctor, Dean's List, 1994, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
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