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Oconomowoc child support attorney

Traditionally, child support payments were a product of divorce proceedings. If a husband and wife got divorced, the wife was typically granted sole custody of the children, while the husband had designated visitation rights. The husband would also pay a certain amount to the wife each month to help with the cost of raising the children. In today’s world, the situations in which child support is awarded have vastly changed, although the general purpose still remains the same. Child support is intended to be used for expenses relating to the child, such as clothing, food, and other essential items. Most courts across the country have agreed that both the mother and the father have the responsibility of financially providing for their children, regardless of where the child lives. Child support calculations can become confusing, but an experienced family law attorney can help explain the legal process.

Shared or Sole Custody?

The first factor you will want to consider during your calculations is whether you will share custody of your children or whether custody was awarded to just one parent. If one parent has full custody, then the non-custodial parent will pay child support to the custodial parent. The amount of child support is determined by a percentage of the payor's income as set forth by Wisconsin law. For example, if a couple has three children together, and the children all live with one parent, then the other parent is required to pay child support equal to 29 percent of his or her gross monthly income.

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Pewaukee parenting time attorney

Ending a marriage can be extremely difficult for many reasons. For some couples, their union ends in heartbreak with much tension between them. In other cases, the split is more peaceful, and ending the marriage allows the couple to close a chapter of their life in anticipation of a fresh start. Whatever the reasons, if you are a parent who is considering a divorce, it is important to realize that even though your marriage is over, your role as a parent does not stop. You will always be in your ex-spouse’s life, because you share children together, and it is both of your jobs to ensure your children are taken care of after the divorce.

Filing a Parenting Plan

Planning for how you will raise your children together after your Wisconsin divorce can be a tedious process. Wisconsin courts require parents to attend mediation sessions in order to create a parenting plan. If you and your spouse are able to reach a resolution on a parenting plan, the court will typically approve it, as long as the terms of the plan are reasonable, and both parents voluntarily agree to it. If the court waives the need for mediation, or if you and your spouse attended mediation and were unable to come to a mutual arrangement on matters, you will each have to submit a proposed parenting plan to the court in writing within 60 days. 

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