Paternity is the legal recognition of a father to his children. For individuals who are already involved as fathers to their children, being legally recognized as a father may not seem important, but the truth is, establishing paternity can be critical to many important life decisions.
Whether a divorce is contentious or amicable, both parties acknowledge that the process is difficult and complicated. They not only need to agree on dividing assets, but, if they have children, they must also agree on the terms of custody and placement. In Wisconsin, the term custody refers to major decision-making authority. Placement is the term that is used when deciding with whom your child will live and for what periods of time.