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Child Custody Lawyer in Green Bay & De Pere, WI

     One of the most emotional and hotly contested areas of family law revolves around Custody and Placement issues. These issues arise in Divorce and Paternity cases and are of the subject of post judgment motions to modify. Although many refer to custody and placement as the same thing they are two completely separate legal concepts.

     Legal custody has nothing to do with the schedule or amount of time each parent has with their child. Legal custody concerns each parent’s rights to make legal decision on behalf of the child. Legal custody would include decisions regarding religion, choice of school, and major health care decisions. The court will typically award joint legal custody regardless of the specific placement arrangement which means that a parent who may only see her child on weekends would have just as much say in which school the child attends or whether the child will be medicated for a particular illness. Cases do arise where the parents can not agree on these decisions and the court is forced to award one parent the ability to make the decision. When this happens the parent is awarded sole legal custody. Although physical placement of the child is not affected by one parent having sole legal custody it can have a dramatic effect on life of your child. The family law attorneys at Brabazon Law Office are experienced in handling these matters and can help you through this process.

     Placement refers to the actual periods of time that each parent has with their children. The term visitation is no longer used in the divorce or paternity context; as long as each parent has some time with the child they each have placement of the child. The amount of placement and the specific schedule of days can be the most difficult part of a divorce and the courts require specific steps to be followed in order to ensure the best interests of the children is being achieved. If placement or custody become an issue during a family court proceeding, the parties are ordered to attend mediation. If mediation fails, a Guardiam Ad Litem (GAL) is appointed to represent the best interests of the child. Not until mediation has failed and a GAL has completed their investigation will the court hold a contested hearing regarding custody or placement. As this is usually the most important part of the divorce or paternity action, you must be fully informed regarding the consequences of any decision you make regarding custody and placement. A competent divorce attorney can be critical to ensuring the best interests of your child.

     Our Wisconsin child custody lawyers practice not just in the Green Bay, Brown County area. Our experienced child custody attorneys will aggressively represent your interests in any county throughout the Fox Valley and Northeastern Wisconsin. We have experience practicing Wisconsin child custody Law in De Pere, Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Kewaunee, Mariinette, Sturgeon Bay, Neenah, Menasha, Shawano, Waupaca and Wausau.

     When you need a law firm that understands what you are going through when you are dealing with child custody issues, visit or contact us at Brabazon Law Office to schedule a consultation with a Brabazon Green Bay child custody lawyer by calling today at 1-800-596-0691 or using our contact form.

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