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How will legal custody impact your parental involvement?

As a parent, you know there is nothing more important to you than protecting your children and preserving the relationship you have with them. Divorce means that everything will change, from where you will live to how much time you get with your kids. It is smart to protect your role as a parent by learning about types of custody and fighting for a fair and sustainable visitation and custody order. 

There are different types of custody, including physical custody and legal custody. These will affect everything from when you will be able to see your kids to how you can still have a say in what happens in their lives. Both types of custody will have a significant impact on your parental rights and how you and the other parent will raise your children post-divorce.

The authority to make decisions

Whether you will go to court to resolve your custody disputes or you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse will work through these issues together to come up with an out-of-court solution, it is in your interests to know what legal custody is, what it can mean for you and how to pursue a reasonable resolution.

It is easy to focus solely on physical custody. This is the amount of time you will have with your kids, including weekend visitation, holiday travel, vacation and more. Parenting time is critical, but it is not the only custodial factor you should worry about. Legal custody is the right a parent has to make important decisions on behalf of his or her child, including those related to the following matters:

  • Education
  • Health care
  • Cultural education
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Religious upbringing
  • Tutoring

It is natural to want to fight for a lot of time with your kids, but it is also important to fight for your right as a parent to help make important choices for them as well. Legal custody is important, and it is often beneficial when both Wisconsin parents share this responsibility.

The right solution for you

Every family is different, which means every custody order is different. The terms and details of your visitation schedule, parenting time plan and legal custody agreement should suit the needs of your kids and your ability to work with the other parent. Before you make any important decisions regarding the future of your children or your role as an involved parent, it can be helpful to learn more about your parental rights and smart ways to navigate the most complex aspects of divorce.

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