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Wisconsin Child Custody Laws

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Joint or sole child custody, "legal custody and physical placement," may be awarded based on the best interests of the child and the following:

  • The preference of the child.
  • The wishes of the parents.
  • The child's adjustment to his or her home, school, religion, and community.
  • The mental and physical health of all individuals involved.
  • The relationship of the child with parents, siblings, and other significant family members.
  • Any findings or recommendations of a neutral mediator.
  • The availability of childcare.
  • Any history of spouse or child abuse.
  • Any significant drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Whether 1 parent is likely to unreasonably interfere with the child's relationship with the other parent.
  • Any parenting plan or other written agreement between the spouses regarding the child.
  • The amount of quality time that each parent has spent with the child in the past.
  • Any changes that a parent proposes in order to spend more time with the child in the future.
  • The age of the child and the child's developmental and educational needs.
  • The cooperation and communication between the parents and whether either parent unreasonably refuses to cooperate with the other.
  • The need for regularly-occurring and meaningful periods of physical placement in order to provide predictability and stability for the child.
  • Any other factors except the sex and race of the parent.

[Based on Wisconsin Statutes; Section 767.41]

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