Wisconsin Parenting Plan Template
Start discussing and documenting all the topics required by the court.
A custody and placement proceeding can get ugly if parents can't come to an agreement. To get an idea of what types of decisions you will need to make, download our form. Reviewing the form is a good way to prepare yourself mentally for the conversations you'll need to have regarding your children.
Remember courts like to start from the presumption that it's best for the child to maximize time with both parents. This does not necessarily mean that the schedule will be an even split, but will allow the child as much time with each parent as is realistically possible. To maximize time, the court considers where the child goes to school, where the child goes to daycare, where the child lives and how close influential family members (like grandparents) live. Click here to see some custody schedule examples.
All of these factors matter when a court makes a judgment on custody and placement if parents can't agree on a parenting plan. Get the best possible outcome in your custody case by putting yourself in the best position to maximize time with your children and those influential members of their life.
What are some examples of placement schedules?
Deciding on a placement schedule can be very difficult for parents who are a custom to seeing their children everyday.
- Alternating Weeks
- 2 Weeks Each
- Alternating Every 2 Days
- Every Extended Weekend
- Every Weekend
- Every 3rd Week
- Every 3rd Day
- Alternating Weekends
- 1st, 3rd and 5th Weekends
- 2nd, 4th and 5th Weekends
- Every 3rd Weekend
Who gets the kids during the holidays?
A critical and often emotional part of creating a placement schedule is dividing holidays and special occasions. Below are several examples of how to create a holiday schedule.
- Holidays Every Other Year. This options assigns certain holidays to each parent during even years and then swaps the holidays and special occasions in odd years.
- Split the holiday in half. This plan splits the day of the holiday in half so the children can spend time with both parents during the holiday celebrations.
- Schedule Holiday Twice. This plan requires one parent to set a different day for the assigned holiday. For example, parent A would celebrate Christmas on the 25th and parent B would celebrate Christmas on a different day. Then parent B would have the child on Easter day while parent A celebrates Easter on a different day.
- Assign Fixed Holidays.
Does 50 50 custody pay child support?
The term “custody” refers to legal decision making, in Joint custody arrangements where physical placement is shared equally, the Court use a combination of the party's income and the percentage of parenting time/overnights to determine a support amount.
A 50/50 placement split would require each parent to have 182 days of placement. This would constitute as equal placement time. Support may still be assessed if the parties have different income levels. The higher earner may be assessed child support in order to provide a similar standard of living for the child at both homes.
Child support will almost certainly be assessed if one of the parents enroll the child in the state aid benefits, this action can be initiated by the child support agency independently and does not require the other party to file anything.
Can a father get 50 percent custody?
Custody refers to the legal decision making rights that each parent has for the child. Wisconsin assumes that Joint custody is the best situation for the child, it is very difficult to obtain sole custody and the parent arguing for sole custody must be able to demonstrate why the other parent is unfit for joint custody.
Placement refers to the physical placement for the child. Wisconsin statutes prohibit Judges and Commissioners from considering gender when making custodial decisions. The courts operate under the assumption that it is in the best interest of the child to optimize the time with each parent.
Can a child decide which parent to live with in Wisconsin?
In Wisconsin, children cannot dictate where they reside but the courts may take the child's preference into consideration at about age 14 or when the child can articulate a preference and a reason for the preference. Reasons such as lax discipline at one parent's house, or one parent gives lavish gifts, will not be seen by the court as substantial reasons for awarding placement to one parent over another.
The court will evaluate what is in the best interest of the child which is assumed to be as close to equal time with each parent as possible. If the parents cannot agree on a schedule, a guardian ad litem may be appointed to represent the best interests of the child and give the court a recommendation for custody and placement.
References: Factors That Determines Custody
Child Custody Articles & Frequent Questions
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