Child Custody Placement and Support

Child Support Child Placement

     The issues of child custody and child placement are some of the most difficult things that you must resolve in a divorce. The anger and frustration that both spouses feel as their marriage ends are amplified when trying to figure out who will have custody of the children. During these emotionally charged times, the best thing that you can do for your children is to hire an attorney. This gives you an advocate who will fight for your rights and is detached from the intense emotions that you are experiencing.

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Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha Child Support and Placement Attorneys

Child Custody

We discuss many different topics with our child custody clients and do our best to answer all of their custody questions. Some of the most common issues our clients want to know about are:


  • Custody and placement arrangements
  • Mediation
  • Guardian ad litem
  • Social workers
  • Primary placement
  • Shared placement
  • Supervised placement
  • Grandparents’ rights
  • Child support guidelines (percentage standard)
  • Serial payer

When you need answers about these sensitive issues, contact us. You will speak with the attorney who will handle your case from beginning to end, who will stand and defend your rights at the custody hearing, and who will provide you with the personal attention that you need when you are involved in a child custody situation.

Custodial rights do not refer to where a child will stay. This term refers to major decision making for a child. The parties can have joint legal custody and make decisions together, or one parent can have decision making authority or sole legal custody.

The major decisions involve schooling decisions, medical decisions, religious upbringing, whether a child can join the military before the age of 18, and whether or not a child can marry before the age of 18. It is important to note that the Court generally presumes that Joint Custody is in the best interest of minor children.


Where will the child reside? The Court is really interested in where the child or children will sleep at night. In Wisconsin, the parties can share placement of the children or one parent or the other can have primary placement. The Court presumes that both parents should have maximized time with the child or children.

If you would like to know more about Placement issues in Wisconsin, please contact our office to set up a free initial consultation.


In the state of Wisconsin Maintenance is the same thing as spousal support or alimony. Maintenance is generally handled in cases where the parties have a long-term marriage and there is disparity in the parties’ incomes, one party has health issues, or one party has limitations on their ability to work due to disability or other issues.

The attorneys at Murphy, Johnson & Trampe are extremely well versed in negotiating cases with a maintenance component. Each divorce case has a unique set of circumstances and Maintenance will be reviewed by the Court on a case by case basis.

Child Support

Calculating child support can be extremely complex and is best left to a Family Lawyer. Child Support is based not only on the number of children in your family but also on the number of overnights you have and on your (and perhaps your spouse’s) income.

If you would like to know more about Child Support issues in Wisconsin, please contact our office to set up a free initial consultation.

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