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Enforce Custody Orders in Wisconsin

Hold the other parent in contempt of court when orders are not followed

How to Enforce Custody Orders in Wisconsin
If one of the parents is violating the agreed upon terms of the child custody agreement, the parent can be held in contempt of court and may face fines or jail time.

In some cases, the offender may be required to reimburse for attorney fees and damages. Fines are more common than jail time because often the violations don’t warrant jail time and removing a parent from the child’s life would go against the best interests of the child.

Document Everything!

If you are in a situation where there is repeated violations of your custody agreement, proper documentation detailing the violations are going to help your case.

The more details you can provide, the easier it will be for your attorney to make a case. Include dates, description of the circumstances, and any additional facts pertaining to the violation. If you have paperwork that backs up your claims, like a police report for example, make copies and provide them to your attorney.

Petition for a Guardian at Litem

A Guardian Ad Litem, abbreviated GAL, is a special attorney who will represent an individual in court who is unable to represent him or herself. Often used to represent minors, a GAL may also represent infants or mentally handicap or incompetent individuals. The GAL has no legal rights over the child and does not serve as a legal guardian.

The most common cases that may require a court ordered GAL are child custody, child neglect and child abuse trials. Their sole responsibility is to advocate in the best interest of the individual they are representing.

Typically when parents cannot find agreement on the custody and placement of a child, a GAL will be appointed for the child from the county. The GAL will act in an impartial manner to give a primary custody recommendation to the judge.

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