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Child Custody and Child Placement

Call your Madison Divorce & Custody Lawyer or Janesville Family Law Attorney

For families with children in the home, issues surrounding separation and divorce become even more personal and complex. Perhaps no aspect of a divorce deserves more care and attention than child custody matters. Child custody and child placement tend to be the most emotional and contested aspects in divorce proceedings, especially when both parents are close to their children or when one parent has had primary responsibility for caring for the children since birth.

The most important reason to call an attorney today is that a custody order generally cannot be changed in the first two years. Don't lose two years by failing to call!

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In custody cases, the court seeks to determine that which is in the best interests of the child. Handling these tough matters since 1993, The Zaleski Law Firm has the extensive experience, legal knowledge and courtroom skills that are absolutely required to best represent you in your child custody case. the firm offers family law and divorce services to clients in Dane County (Madison, Middleton, Monona, Stoughton, Fitchburg), Rock County (Janesville, Beloit), Columbia County (Columbus, Portage, Wisconsin Dells), Green County (Monroe), Sauk (Sauk City, Baraboo, DeForest, Wisconsin Dells), Lafayette County, Adams County, Grant County and the surrounding areas.

Custody and Placement

It serves the family best when the parents create their own custody arrangements. If the parents cannot agree upon a plan, the court will first encourage them to do so, sometimes requiring mediation or requiring the parents to arrange for a study be a guardian ad litem. If the parties can come to no agreement, the court will finally make its own custody determination.

The court has sole discretion in matters of custody and will craft a resolution with the goal of treating both parents equally and custody determinations are made based upon the individual circumstances and fitness of each parent. There are two custody aspects that will ultimately be decided:

Legal custody - decisions about the children's day to day lives: education, health and general well being

Placement - which parent the children live with, or what the schedule will be. Some examples include

Your attorney will help you determine these very important matters. We always make a concerted effort to avoid litigation.

With the flexibility to schedule meetings in the Madison or Janesville offices, your divorce attorney will walk you through the procedures for initiating divorce or pursuing a formal legal separation in Wisconsin. You will receive clear information about all steps in the divorce process so that you can prepare yourself and make informed decisions at each stage.

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Family Law is a multi-faceted area. It encompasses areas such as: adoption, child custody and visitation, children's rights, child support, spousal support (alimony), separation agreements, civilian and military divorce (dissolution of marriage), marital property division (equitable division), elder law matters, insurance, cohabitation agreements, pre-marital (pre-nuptial) agreements, marriage and other legal issues pertinent to the family. Make sure to contact a Family Law Attorney at 608-441-5199 in Madison or 608-758-4080 in Janesville to schedule your free consultation and ask your questions. The initial consultation is free, the information about your options is invaluable.