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Child Custody and Placement

All decisions about custody and physical placement of a child are intended under Wisconsin law to be resolved in the manner which serves the “best interests of the child.”

Custody and physical placement disputes can arise at the time a case is initially resolved, such as when a judgment of divorce or paternity is entered, but they can also arise after entry of a judgment when the factual circumstances upon which the original order or judgment have substantially changed. Changes, or revisions, to custody and placement orders are addressed in laws such as sec. 767.32 and 767.325, Stats. Most Wisconsin law regarding custody and physical placement generally is set forth in Chapter 767, particularly provisions such as sec. 767.24, Stats. (see

For information regarding child support, follow this link to our Child Support page.