One of the greatest sources of stress regarding a divorce relates to child custody issues. Parents usually want to have as much time as possible with their children, and fight hard to obtain as much custody time as the court will allow. However, there are some unfortunate circumstances under which a parent would have a child taken from their custody, either physically or legally. Understanding your legal rights regarding your children is paramount to determining how best to handle your child custody situation, and that your legal rights are protected.

Child Custody

The court will not make the determination to remove a child from the custody of both parents without serious investigation into the circumstances of the child. Again, the courts attempt to always act in the best interest of the child at all times. The court, or the guardian ad litem, may issue home studies, interview friends and family members, conduct background checks and perform other investigative studies to make a determination regarding where the child would be the safest both physically and emotionally. In many cases, the court will look to a relative of the parent, as the child will likely already have a relationship with them.

While rare, the placement of a child with a relative may become permanent. This may be due to the fact that the parent or parents are not behaving in an appropriate manner in order to provide a safe and healthy environment for the child. However, even in these cases, the court will still attempt to allow the parents the opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship with their children through visitation.


Contact an Experienced Family Law Attorney

If you believe the court may grant custody of your child to a relative, contact an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible to help you ensure your parental legal rights are represented in court. The experienced family law attorneys at Otto & Steiner Law, S.C., in Eau Claire, WI at (715) 832-2040 can help you understand your rights, and help ensure that you receive the best possible outcome in your child custody situation.

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Client Testimonials

“I hired Mrs. Otto in regards to obtaining custody of my two children. She made the best of an unfortunate situation and understood my need to put the well-being of my children first. Her extensive knowledge of family law eased my anxiety about the tough legal process ahead! Her experience in the courtroom gave me confidence that we would be successful. Mrs. Otto gave me clear advice about how to proceed with my case without using confusing legalese. Thanks to her council, I am now happy to have placement and custody of my son and daughter. I can rest better at night knowing that their needs are needs are being met.  I thank Mrs. Otto for being my best asset in my fight for them!!!! You're the best!!!!”  2013 Family Client

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