How Legal Custody is Defined
In Wisconsin the legal term custody refers to decision-making rights. Wisconsin family courts have determined it is in the child's best interests for parents to hold joint-legal custody.
- where the child attends school
- the child's religious rearing
- non emergency health care options
- the child's right to obtain a driver's license
- consent for getting married as a minor
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For a complete list, you can look at the Wisconsin state statutes. One thing that is important to note about legal custody is it has nothing to do with where the child lives. In general, Wisconsin courts start from the assumption that both parents should have legal custody. This means if one parent wants sole legal custody, they will need to prepare a convincing case proving the other parent is not fit to make decisions in the best interests of the child.
References: Wisconsin Sate Statues