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What's the difference between visitation rights and custody?

As a recently divorced parent in Wisconsin, you already have a lot on your plate. Add child custody to the mix and you can easily find yourself in a tricky, messy, or overall unpleasant situation. We at Mayer Law Office, LLC, will help guide you through this difficult period of ironing out schedules and giving explanations to your child post-divorce.

The first thing to understand is that visitation rights and child custody are not the same thing. If you have been awarded sole custody, it means you alone are responsible for the important decisions for your child. This includes health care decisions, schooling choices, and even the possibility of moving. Joint custody means that you and your ex-spouse will continue to co-parent together even after your split. They will have as much say in the important decisions of your child's life as you do, though your child might not spend as much time living with them as they do with you.

Visitation schedules simply cover whose residence the child will be staying at at any given time. It may feel discomforting to you at first, but your child will likely be spending time alone with your ex-spouse. This is an idea that many new single parents take time to adjust to.

Are you interested in reading more about the importance of the post-divorce parental bond with a child? Do you want to know more about your options as a parent who shares joint custody with an ex-spouse? Take a look through the provided link for more information. There, we break down your legal rights, and explain why these moments post-divorce are so crucial to your bond with your child.

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