Wisconsin Child Support Laws
In Wisconsin, child support is the legal obligation of a parent to financially provide for their child. Child support obligations are determined based on state law. If parents don’t agree on support, the court can order a parent to pay. Support calculations are based on things like physical placement and each party’s net or gross income.
The Child Support Process
The exact process that decides child support depends on whether it is part of a divorce or custody case. This is a general outline of how most cases that involve child support look. For more in-depth information on the process, visit our page outlining what it looks like to work with us from start to finish.
When you file your case, be sure to use the correct paperwork. There are different documents needed depending on the specifics of your case.
Temporary orders outline how child support will look during your case. They also determine things like immediate property division and custody schedules during the divorce.
Mediation is an option for parents looking to resolve child support disputes in a more cooperative and civil manner. During this process, both parties work with a neutral mediator to reach a mutually agreeable child support arrangement. Once an agreement has been made, it gets presented to the court for approval.
The conference prepares the judge for the trial, or the case can end here if the parties agree on how to settle everything.
In the time before the trial date, there is one more chance to negotiate a settlement. Many cases that have not yet settled settle here because a trial is expensive. However, when the other party is unwilling to see reason, a trial can be necessary.
Trial and Finalization
In the trial, all evidence is laid out and each side makes their case for how the final order should be.
After the trial, the judge makes their decisions and lays out the final orders.