Child Custody and Placement
For decades, divorcing couples with children routinely sought sole legal custody of their offspring. Today, however, the common practice in Wisconsin family court is to award joint custody to both parents.
In such cases, the mother and father are expected to reach mutual decisions that are in the best interests of their children on matters such as custody and placement, before presenting their agreement in family court for judge’s approval.
Custody refers to major life decisions, including:
- Where children will attend school
- What medical treatments they will receive
- What religion they will embrace
As a family law attorney, mediator and Guardian ad Litem Shannon has represented clients in custody and placement disputes. Furthermore, as a highly sought-after GAL, she is used to making the well-being of children her top priority.
No matter how much ill will and friction exists between the separating parents, Shannon knows that it’s crucial for clients to cooperate for the sake of their children and collaboratively construct workable plans that address a variety of issues.
However, when parties fail to abide by agreements, Shannon will walk a client through his or her legal options, including filing a contempt action.