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Milwaukee officials minimize the effects of divorce on children

State officials have taken action to minimize the negative effects that divorce has on children by enforcing child support payments and encouraging fair and just parenting schedules.
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    January 23, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Many Milwaukee children, as well as children from around the country, are victims of divorce. Whether it stems from uncollected child support, parental neglect or psychological and emotional damage, many of these children suffer as a result. State officials have taken action to minimize the negative effects that divorce has on children by enforcing child support payments and encouraging judges to only approve fair and just parenting schedules.

Parenting schedules

If both parents are deemed physically and emotionally able to care for the child, a joint parenting schedule is often the best course of action as it allows both parents to play an active role in the child's life. Keep in mind that the goal is to cause the least amount of trauma to the child as possible, and so the judge is encouraged set up a schedule reflecting the child's best interest. There are several details to consider when creating a parenting schedule, including the following:
- Distance between the parents. If the parents live within the same school district, the judge may opt for a shared custody plan. When parents live a substantial distance apart, they may agree to a schedule involving alternating holidays and partial summer and winter holiday visits.
- The emotional, financial and environmental stability of the parent. The judge will ensure that the community and home environment will ultimately benefit the child.
- The people surrounding the child in both home situations will also be evaluated to ensure the safety of the child.
- Work schedules of both parents may also be taken into consideration.

Although divorce terminates a marital relationship and contract, it doesn't terminate parental obligations and responsibilities. By working out their own parenting schedule, parents can benefit by maximizing child interaction and working around current obligations.

Staying positive

Going through a divorce may be one of the hardest experiences that many people will have to face in their lifetime. Emotions often run high, especially if both parties are not in agreement on the impending divorce. Staying positive around the child may seem like a difficult task, but it will benefit your children in the long run. Make sure to hold heated discussions with your spouse away from listening ears. Also, be sure to never bad mouth or slander your spouse in front of your child. Remember, that spouse is your child's mother or father and should be treated with respect in front of your child.

While your child may become depressed about the dissolution of your marriage, it may help to discuss the topic with them on a regular basis. Be sure to let them express their feelings, emotions and concerns about the issue. You may even make an appointment with a child psychiatrist if further counseling is needed.

Child support

Unless the custody is completely equal and shared, the non-custodial parent will be required to pay child support to the custodial parent. This is to reduce the financial repercussions that your child may experience as a result of the divorce. Wisconsin child support is calculated using a percentage of obligator's income model. This simply takes the gross income of the non-custodial parent and calculates a percentage of that income based upon certain criteria, including the number of children, as well as their current residential status.

Failing to make child support payments may result in interest charges, wage garnishments, child support liens and an interception of tax refunds. Those who are unable to financially afford their payments are encouraged to contact the WI Bureau of Child Support for payment options.

A reputable Wisconsin divorce attorney will help to ensure that your children receive the child support and parental visits they deserve. By hiring an experienced attorney, you are protecting the rights of your child as well as the parents involved.

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