We Take Great Measures to Ensure Proper Care of the Children
At J. Wexler Law s.c., we have a great affinity and concern for the children of divorce or separation. Children are often the central piece of the puzzle in the transformation of the structure of a family. Both parents have important roles to play in the life of a child, during the divorce or separation process and for many years after.
Child Custody, Placement, and Support
Collaborative family law encourages parents to talk openly with their attorneys about the best interests of the children. The collaborative team may include coaches who are mental health professionals or a child specialist who will help parents establish goals for their child and explore options that allow both parents to help the child achieve those goals. We help parents understand custody issues and placement options. Legal custody is the right that parents have to make decisions for their children. In most cases, the court assumes that joint custody is in the best interest of the child. If one parent is determined to be inadequate, custody may be awarded to the other parent.
Placement refers to the time the child spends in the care of each parent. Collaborative discussions are usually productive in arriving at a plan that meets the needs of the child and is satisfactory to both parents.
Ideally, once the settlement has been reached, both parties adhere to the terms of the court order. In reality, it does not always happen that way. We are strong advocates for parents who need help to enforce placement schedules, payment of child support, and other matters that may arise.
Guardian ad Litem
There are times when a minor child’s best interests require representation during a legal proceeding. The court may appoint a Guardian ad Litem, an attorney to represent the best interest of the child. Janice Wexler is frequently appointed Guardian ad Litem for cases going through the Dane County Court system. She represents the legal interests of children affected by divorce, paternity, or other legal matters. She supports the general belief of the court that it is in the best interest of the child to have a relationship with both parents.
Grandparents add so much to the richness of a child’s life. In cases when a parent’s ability to care for a child is of concern, Wisconsin law recognizes grandparents’ rights with certain limitations. At J. Wexler Law s.c., we represent grandparents who want to petition for time with their grandchildren.
Whether or not paternity is established, we work with fathers and mothers to establish paternity, and parents to resolve issues of custody, child support, placement, and other matters within the legal system.