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Legal Child Custody & Placement Attorney in Waukesha, WI

Advocating for Your Interests During Custody & Placement Disputes

During divorce proceedings, there is perhaps no point of contention that is harder to resolve than the custody of your children. Both parents, understandably, want to continue to be involved in their children’s lives and want a role in their upbringing.

The lawyers at Schwei & Wendt, S.C. understand how important your children are to you. We will work closely with you to develop a personalized plan that protects your interests. With more than 50 years of combined experience, we know how to achieve a final child custody agreement that satisfies your wishes.

Legal Custody

Legal custody applies to the important decisions concerning minor children. This may apply to decisions surrounding medical treatments, education, or the child’s religious upbringing. Courts tend to award joint custody to both parents. In joint custody situations, parents must come together when making major decisions pertaining to minor children.

Alternatively, one parent may receive sole custody of a child, allowing that parent to make independent parenting decisions. Courts may award sole custody if there is a history of domestic violence, substance abuse, or another factor that presents a clear and present danger to the child.

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Physical Placement

The physical placement of the child determines what percentage of time a child will stay with each parent. If a child lives with one parent most of the time, that is classified as primary placement. Alternatively, shared placement may be awarded, meaning the child will spend at least 25 percent of the time with each parent.

Experienced Collaborative Law Attorneys

We believe that the best solution to family law disputes is to foster a collaborative atmosphere between you and your spouse. Our lawyers have decades of experience using collaboration and frequently attend training sessions to keep our knowledge up to date with the latest changes to Wisconsin’s laws.

From our Waukesha office, we find effective legal solutions for our clients throughout Waukesha County and southeastern Wisconsin. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.