At our Waukesha divorce law firm, we understand the impact that divorce and parental separation has on children. Our goal is to minimize that impact. We believe in putting children and what is in their best interest first. Our Milwaukee child custody clients appreciate the caring and child centered approach that we bring to all child custody disputes in Wisconsin.
Our founder John T. Fields, prior to becoming a divorce lawyer, worked as a counselor at the Child and Adolescent Treatment Center and at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington D.C. He brings a solid background to his work in child custody matters.
The courts in the state of Wisconsin recognize the guiding principle of the "best interest of the child" in deciding child custody disputes. Children should not be viewed as a possession of one parent or the others. Whenever possible, there is a presumption in the law that joint child custody is in the best interest of the child.
In a child custody dispute, the Judge considers the child's relationship with both parents, siblings, and others who may significantly affect the child's best interest. The Judge will also take into consideration the child's adjustment to the home, school, religion, and the community, as well as the availability of child care services. The Judge will consider the physical and mental health of the party seeking child custody. The wishes of the child, particularly older children, can be considered. If professionals such as social workers, psychologists, or guardian ad litems are involved, their opinions become a factor. Finally, the Judge will consider whether one party is likely to unreasonably interfere with the child's continuing relationship with the other party.
A child custody dispute can be difficult but necessary to protect the child when going through divorce. There are no higher stakes than protecting your right to be with your child. Accordingly, our southeast Wisconsin divorce lawyers will bring the strongest and most aggressive legal representation to your child custody dispute. By completely preparing for full-scale litigation, John T. Fields and Associates will strengthen your position in all facets of a contentious divorce case. At John T. Fields and Associates, our Milwaukee area divorce lawyers handle every child custody dispute as if it were our own.
For more information on child custody in Wisconsin, child custody legal advice, or to schedule an appointment with an experienced family law attorney in Milwaukee regarding child custody and relocation issues, please contact our Wisconsin divorce law firm.