Child custody arrangements in Wisconsin are structured to provide what is best for the child. The custody agreement may be changed when circumstances demand it, and there are standards that provide guidance to the court and parents on this. Knowing the provisions and working to address specific concerns may be helpful.
While physical placement and legal custody provisions in the order may be changed during the first two years by statute, this period is seen as a time of adaptation and adjustment to new living arrangements for both the children and the parents. If circumstances demand it and if a parent shows that the child will be adversely affected by continuance of the original order, the court may revise the child custody order. Physical placement of the child decides the amount of time the child spends with each parent. Although change to the custody order may significantly alter the amount of time the child spends with each parent, it may be done if circumstances have changed or the change is good for the child's well-being. Economic change or changes in marital status are not included in the court's consideration.