Divorce with Children in Madison
Madison Divorce and Child Custody Lawyer
If you have children and are considering filing for divorce, the stakes go up considerably. Your children's welfare and emotional wellbeing is no doubt a major concern to you as a parent. The process is also substantially more complicated. If you are a parent considering divorce, contact Madison divorce firm John T. Fields & Associates today to discuss your case. We can help you understand your options and weigh the potential challenges you will face. We also prepare our clients to meet those challenges head on so that you can protect your child and your parental rights through the divorce process.
When parents go through a divorce, there are several factors to consider when making decisions about how to share parenting with your with your ex-spouse. At John T. Fields & Associates, we find that talking through all the options with our clients and considering all possible outcomes helps our clients to be more confident that they are making the right decision about what approach to co-parenting they want to pursue. The biggest questions to be answered first are do you want to pursue sole custody or joint custody, and how much placement time with the children should each parent have?
What the courts are most concerned about in Wisconsin is what is in the best interest of the child. In most cases, it's in a child's best interest to spend equal quality time with each parent. But in many cases this isn't practical considering the different parenting styles between households. What is an appropriate bedtime for a child on a school night? How should homework be addressed? Do your children have special medical or emotional needs requiring additional parental involvement or support? Do you and your spouse have extremely different views on education, religion, or other important decisions in your child's life? All of these should be considered when deciding whether to pursue sole legal custody or joint custody. You may feel that your children will be healthier, happier, and more stable if placed to live with you, and your spouse may completely disagree.
Aggressive Representation for Divorce in Madison: Divorces with Children
If you and your spouse cannot agree on who should have custody, you will have to pursue your parental goals by means of a court trial. In that case, ultimately, the judge will have the final say on custody and placement. If custody and placement are a contested issue in your divorce, you need to contact an experienced Madison divorce trial attorney. Many attorneys will attempt to get you to settle for a custody and placement agreement that you are uncomfortable with just to avoid having to go to trial. However, if you are firm in your belief that you know what is best for your child contact John T. Fields & Associates to hire the best, most aggressive child custody attorney in Wisconsin. When you're talking about your children, results are what matter, and Attorney Fields fights for the result you want.
When your divorce involves children there are also financial complications. Most of the time, one of the parents will end up paying some form of child support to the other parent. Also, who pays for the school clothes and supplies? And who claims the child as a dependent on your taxes? All of these financial issues need to be addressed in your divorce judgment. If this is not done by a thorough and experienced attorney, you may realize later that pertinent issues were never addressed and have to go back to court to try to recover funds from your spouse for expenses that you had to take on. Get it done right the first time by hiring John T. Fields as your Madison divorce attorney.