What are Joint Custody and Sole Custody?


In Wisconsin, joint custody means that both parents both parents participate in the important decisions relating to their children.  Neither parent’s decision takes precedence over the other’s. The parties are required to consult with each other and attempt to reach agreement with respect to major decisions affecting the lives of their minor children.  Sole custody means one parent has sole authority to make major decisions relating to the children.  Sometimes, parents have joint legal custody with regard to most issues, but one parent is awarded sole decision-making authority as to one or more important issues (such as religion or choice of school).

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