The best method for resolving the matter of child custody in Wisconsin is for the parents to reach their own agreement. This is not always possible, so parents may retain court or private assistance in deciding child custody matters.
When parents cannot come to an agreement on their own, the law requires that they meet with a mediator at least one time. The parents may contact the family court clerk or commissioner about meeting with a mediator or retain a private mediator. Speaking with co-parent counselors and child specialists are other means by which the parents can seek help in resolving custody and visitation issues. Through the collaborative law process, the parents could hire their own lawyers and commit to settling the matters outside of court.