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Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik
505 King St. Suite 300 La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
Initial Consultation 608-519-4788
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La Crosse Child Custody Lawyers Help You Achieve Your Parenting Goals

Strong and experienced advocates to present your position when it comes to custody and placement

In most divorce and paternity actions involving children, each parent seeking custody and physical placement is often required to file a parenting plan with the court. Parenting plans provide detailed information about a parent’s future plan for their child and the parent’s proposal in regard to Child Custody (the right to make decisions) and Physical Placement (formally known as Visitation).  A Parenting Plan is an excellent tool for parents to determine where they have common ground about their child’s future and where they have a dispute.   A proper Parenting Plan provides information to the court about where a parent intends to live the next two years, and the parent’s proposal in regard to daycare, school, medical care, school and summer schedules, religious commitments, child support and payment of extracurricular expenses, etc. Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, Attorneys & Counselors at Law can help you prepare a Parenting Plan for any child custody arrangement:

  • Physical custody
  • Legal custody
  • Sole custody
  • Joint custody

An experienced divorce or paternity attorney can assist you in drafting an effective parenting plan that will serve the best interests of the child.  An experienced attorney can also help guide you to resources that are available to help you and the other parent explore options that are available for placement schedules to meet the needs of your child depending on his or her age.

The court considers the best interests of the children when determining a custody and physical placement order. Among the many factors a court weighs in making these determinations are:

  • The wishes of the child’s parent or parents, as shown by any proposed Parenting Plan
  • The wishes of the child (a factor that is more important as the child nears adulthood)
  • Whether the parents can communicate effectively with one another
  • Whether there has been a significant incident or pattern of domestic abuse
  • Parent's past role in nurturing the child and future plans to spend time with the child in the future
  • Child's age, developmental and educational needs
  • Whether a party’s mental or physical health problems (such as those caused by a  parent with alcohol or drug abuse issues) effects the child’s well-being
  • The reports of appropriate professionals if admitted into evidence

At Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, our child custody lawyers work with parents on a regular basis to develop effective parenting plans addressing child support, custody and placement issues.

We offer guidance through the Custody Assessment Team process

In the event there are complicated issues regarding custody and placement in divorce and paternity matters and the parents are unable to reach an agreement on their own as to how those issues will be dealt with, a Custody Assessment Team may be appointed in La Crosse County which will be comprised of a Child Custody Evaluator, a Child Development Specialist and a Guardian ad Litem (who is an attorney appointed by the court to represent the best interest of the child).  Our attorneys will help you petition the court for this comprehensive assessment and provide the necessary guidance you will need as you navigate through the CAT evaluation process.

Contact an experienced and passionate child custody attorney in La Crosse for your divorce or paternity matter

At Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, we have family law attorneys skilled in child custody matters. We're located close to the Cass Street Bridge, not far from the Mississippi River. Contact us online or call us at 608-519-4788.