Evansville, WI asked in Child Custody for Wisconsin

Q: My 15 yr old wants to come live with me. Her dad and i were never married and never went to court for custody.

Can i keep her when she comes for the summer. CPS has been called on her dad and gf twice and nothing has been done. She isnt safe...She lives by lacrosse Wi and i live by Madison...what can i do....

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Michael Edwards

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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Fond du Lac, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: Considering that it doesn't sound like there are any existing court orders regarding placement and custody, it seems to me that you would be best off petitioning the court in Dane County for custody and placement orders. Without any existing orders in place, you would most likely have to open an action for DNA/Paternity in order to eventually get a court order for physical placement and legal custody. Just remember that custody and placement are two different things; custody is the ability to make important decisions for the child and physical placement refers to the ability to actually see the child and determine where the child lives. It may not be a bad idea to seek help from a family law attorney in the Madison area before you decide to file the motion.

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