Split Custody in Wisconsin

Split custody is a custody agreement between two parents were the children are split up. This means one child lives with one parent, and the other children live with the other parent.

Split custody is a less common form of custody that is only considered when multiple children are involved. With split custody,[1] custody of children from the same parents can be split up in a way where some children live with one parent while the remaining children live with the other.

Although the children may primarily live with one parent, they will still spend some time with the other parent in the form of visitation. Split custody isn't established to intentionally separate siblings from one another, but it is done when it is in the best interest of the child. Reasons for split custody are varied and can include siblings not getting along, or one parent having a better relationship with a child than the other parent.

Split custody may also be considered if the parents live in different cities and a child doesn't want to transfer schools.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should children be separated in a divorce?

Split custody is so uncommon because it is usually beneficial for children to remain together. But when it is not good for the children to live together, they can live separately. There must be a negative relationship between the children that is worse than just usual fighting and arguing. It would have to be at the level of violence or something similar that threatens the safety of the children.
Another reason some children might be separated is if one child has a greater level of need that the other parent cannot meet. This could be due to a physical or mental need of the child.

What is a good custody schedule?

What custody and placement schedule is best for your family depends on your family’s specific circumstances and needs. For some people it is best to use a 2-2-3 schedule and for others it is better for one parent to take every weekend.

Who gets sole custody in Wisconsin?

One parent gets sole custody if the other parent should not be responsible for making important decisions for the child. The court decides this by looking at Wisconsin’s child custody laws.

How does joint custody work in Wisconsin?

Joint custody is when two parties share decision-making rights for their child or children. How they make decisions is outlined in the parenting plan.

What rights do fathers have in Wisconsin?

If the father has established paternity, he has the right to file for custody and placement. Before paternity is established, the mother has sole custody of the child.

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