What are parenting conferences?
Milwaukee Justice Center parenting conferences are an opportunity to sit down with the other parent, a volunteer facilitator, and an attorney from Milwaukee County Child Support Services (where applicable), and discuss issues with child custody, placement, and support, and potential changes.
The Milwaukee Justice Center will schedule an appointment for you and your co-parent to meet with an independent, volunteer facilitator and a Child Support Services attorney if needed. You and your co-parent will get help working out any agreements, complete the paperwork, and get needed approvals from Child Support Services in one stop.
Why use a parenting conference?
- Avoid unnecessary court dates and expenses.
- Access child support information and resources.
- Get help filling out paperwork.
- Discuss and understand issues with the other parent.
How much does this cost?
All Milwaukee Justice Center services are free. There is no cost to the parents involved in the conferences. If an acceptable agreement is reached, a “Stipulation and Order” is free to file with the court.
How do Parenting Conferences work?
The Milwaukee Justice Center will schedule an appointment for you and your co-parent to meet with an independent, volunteer facilitator as well as an attorney from Milwaukee County Child Support Services, if needed.
You and your co-parent will work out any agreements, complete the paperwork, and get needed approvals from Child Support Services in one stop.
How can this help me?
If you want to change your child support, custody, and/or placement orders, you have two options.
You can file a “Motion to Modify” and have a hearing several months out in front of a Family Court Commissioner. The Commissioner listens to the parties and then can either make a decision, or set a follow-up court date. Depending on the situation, the Commissioner could also order mediation, or appoint a Guardian ad Litem to represent the best interests of the child.
If both parties agree on the changes, then they can avoid a court hearing and file a “Stipulation and Order.” However, Milwaukee County Child Support Services may need to approve any child support related changes if certain state benefits are being paid. If Child Support Services cannot approve the child support-related changes, the Stipulation will be rejected.
Milwaukee Justice Center Parenting Conferences are geared for parents who are interested in trying to work out an agreement with each other. The idea is to help parents understand the issues, and come to an agreement, allowing them to avoid a hearing and long, potentially-costly delays.