Most child custody attorneys in Milwaukee will advise you to reach a custody agreement with your spouse rather than going through a lengthy court process. That’s because there are several benefits to doing so, including:
- Reaching the arrangement that works best for your family’s unique needs
- Saving time and money on legal fees
- Showing your kids that you can – and will – cooperate when it comes to parenting
#1: Meeting Your Family’s Needs
Judges always put your kids’ best interests first when they’re making custody determinations, but only you know your family. You know what activities your kids are involved in, where their friends are, when they’re most comfortable – and although the judge will do his or her best to create an ideal custody arrangement, it’s better if you and your spouse work together to create a plan that works best for your kids.
#2: Saving Time and Money on Legal Fees
Litigation is time-consuming… and it’s expensive. When you and your spouse can reach an agreement, you’re saving hours of prep time for your lawyer (and you’re keeping that cash in your pocket). It’s always okay to come to your lawyer when you and your spouse can’t agree – but if you can, you’ll be better off than you would waiting on a court date, providing evidence and testimony, and paying your lawyer to fight with your spouse’s lawyer in court.
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#3: Showing Your Kids You Can Cooperate
The things you do right now are setting the stage for your future relationship with your spouse – and let’s face it: You’re going to be parents for the rest of your lives. When you and your spouse can cooperate, you’re preparing for other big decisions in the future.
Your cooperation now doesn’t just set a good example for your kids. It shows your spouse that you’re willing and able to negotiate.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Child Custody?
If you’re thinking about divorce, or if your spouse has already filed, we may be able to help you. Call us at 414-383-6700 for a free divorce consultation with an experienced, compassionate divorce lawyer. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you get started on the path to a successful divorce.