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Waukesha, WI divorce and family law attorney

When you get a divorce in the state of Wisconsin and you are a parent, you are required to determine several things before you finalize your divorce. You must determine nearly everything related to your children, such as where they will live, what their custody arrangement schedule would look like, how much child support would be and who pays it, among other things. When you and your spouse come to an agreement about parenting time, you are then bound to that agreement for at least two years after the final judgment unless you have evidence that the current custody placement is harming the child in some way. If you are seeking to modify a Wisconsin parenting time agreement, help from an attorney can be extremely beneficial.

Reasons to Modify a Visitation Arrangement in Wisconsin

The first thing the court will consider when looking at your petition for modification is when the original order was entered. For the most part, a custody agreement has to have been in place for at least two years to be eligible for modification. However, in certain situations, you may be able to modify your existing child custody and visitation arrangement prior to the two-year wait period. Possible reasons for modification may include:

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Oconomowoc divorce attorney child support

When you get divorced as a parent, there are many extra things that you have to deal with that a childless person getting a divorce does not. In addition to deciding what you are going to do with the marital home, how you will split up your retirement funds, and who gets to keep the family pet, you will also have to determine how parenting time will be split up, where the children will live, and who will pay child support. Typically, the noncustodial parent, or the parent with the least amount of parenting time, is the one who pays child support to the other parent. Child support exists until the child turns 18 or finishes high school, but the terms of the support are not technically set in stone. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to have your child support order modified in Wisconsin.

Reviewing a Child Support Order

The first step in having your child support order changed is having it reviewed by the court. When the court reviews a child support order, it is looking to see if the order follows the percentage of income guidelines, whether or not the order includes medical support, and whether or not there has been a significant change in circumstances since the last review or since the orders were established. The court does not hear all petitions for review, however.

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