If you and the other parent of your children enter into a custody arrangement either on your own or with the help of the court, you will need to follow the arrangement to the letter. One of the most difficult areas of child custody that you need to discuss is the arrangement with your children, so they know where they will be living, going to school and who they will be spending their time with every couple of days.
Many people put off talking with a family law attorney until they're certain they want to divorce their spouse -- or until their spouse asks them for a divorce. They're afraid that talking to a lawyer makes something real that may not be yet -- or ever. They may be concerned that an attorney will talk them into getting a divorce when they haven't made up their mind yet. No responsible attorney will do that.
Sometimes, divorced parents find themselves with sole custody of their children and little, if any, financial support from their co-parent. While noncustodial parents have an obligation to help support their children, sometimes they simply don't have the resources to provide much help. In some cases, they may be incarcerated and unable to help at all.
If issues with alcohol contributed to your divorce, you're not alone. One study found that the divorce rate rises as alcohol consumption rises. When these divorcing couples have children, balancing the safety of the kids with their ability to maintain a relationship with the alcoholic parent can be complicated.
While no one expects a mom or dad to be perfect, states including Wisconsin do have guidelines in place that a prospective adoptive parent must meet in order to qualify to welcome a child into their home.
You think that you want a divorce. Should you start planning for it on your own, or should you tell your spouse what you're thinking?
For many couples, divorce is not something that strikes without warning. In the movies, it always seems like one spouse walks in on the other one in the midst of an affair or some other dramatic event. While this does happen, it is far more common for little things to cause the couple's relationship to erode until they know it is just time to end it.
In order to qualify for a divorce in Wisconsin, one or both of the spouses must have lived in the state for at least six months prior to filing under 767.06 (1m) of the existing code.