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How does one go about getting a custody agreement in place

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How does one go about getting a custody agreement in place without an attorney? In Wisconsin?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  JD 1992 replied 4 years ago.
This is a pretty general question. Can you be a little more specific? Also, have there been any court actions at all yet?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
No court actions yet. My sister cannot afford an attorney nor will she accept my financial help. She wants to make sure there is a custody agreement in place before she files for child support.. Which leads to the second part of my question. Does she file for child support at the department of children and families?
Expert:  JD 1992 replied 4 years ago.
She will need to file for paternity, custody, and child support at the same time. She can ask the WI Dept of Children and Families to help her get the child support set up, their website is at http://dcf.wi.gov/bcs/parents.htm

If she is trying to head off having the father ask for visitation or custody and then ask for child support it doesn't work that way.

Also, the state department is usually not willing to get involved in a custody dispute so if it comes to that they will tell her to get her own attorney for that or represent herself, they usually just handle getting child support. They'll help if it is not contested, but if they start to fight they can't help.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I think you misunderstood. My sister wants joint custody. She has no desire to keep her husband from the girls in fact she is encouraging the opposite. She wants her girls to remain in their home during the week so that their schedules and home environment is not interrupted. She is welcoming her husband to come see the kids in the morning when he can as well as any night he wants. She just wants them to sleep in their own beds. She also is encouraging him to take every other weekend. The reason she wants this schedule in place is because she feels he will challenge it when he becomes aware how much child support he actually has to pay. He has offered approximately 300$ a month but takes home approximately 2800. Their mortgage payment is 1200$ a month. My sister cuts hair and works 3 days a week.
Expert:  JD 1992 replied 4 years ago.
I did misunderstand the situation, but it still doesn't change the procedures that you go through. The court is going to want to address custody, visitation, and child support all at the same time, not piecemeal.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Ok. So who can she seek out for advice without a lawyer?
Expert:  JD 1992 replied 4 years ago.
No one can give her advice except an attorney. However, if she wants to file on her own she can get the forms at this site

Wisconsin also has a pretty good self help section for their courts at http://www.wicourts.gov/services/public/selfhelp/index.htm

It explains a lot about what to do and how to file.

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