The issues of child custody and child placement are some of the most difficult things that you must resolve in a divorce. The anger and frustration that both spouses feel as their marriage ends are amplified when trying to figure out who will have custody of the children. During these emotionally charged times, the best thing that you can do for your children is to hire an attorney. This gives you an advocate who will fight for your rights and is detached from the intense emotions that you are experiencing.

Children and Divorce in Racine, Kenosha

Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha Child Support and Placement Attorney

We discuss many different topics with our child custody clients and do our best to answer all of their custody questions. Some of the most common issues our clients want to know about are:

  • Custody and placement arrangements
  • Mediation
  • Guardian ad litem
  • Social workers
  • Primary placement
  • Shared placement
  • Supervised placement
  • Grandparents’ rights
  • Child support guidelines (percentage standard)
  • Serial payer

When you need answers about these sensitive issues, contact us. You will speak with the attorney who will handle your case from beginning to end, who will stand and defend your rights at the custody hearing, and who will provide you with the personal attention that you need when you are involved in a child custody situation.


In the state of Wisconsin Maintenance is the same thing as spousal support or alimony. Maintenance is generally handled in cases where the parties have a long-term marriage and there is disparity in the parties’ incomes, one party has health issues, or one party has limitations on their ability to work due to disability or other issues.

The attorneys at Murphy, Johnson & Trampe are extremely well versed in negotiating cases with a maintenance component. Each divorce case has a unique set of circumstances and Maintenance will be reviewed by the Court on a case by case basis.


Custodial rights do not refer to where a child will stay. This term refers to major decision making for a child. The parties can have joint legal custody and make decisions together, or one parent can have decision making authority or sole legal custody.

The major decisions involve schooling decisions, medical decisions, religious upbringing, whether a child can join the military before the age of 18, and whether or not a child can marry before the age of 18. It is important to note that the Court generally presumes that Joint Custody is in the best interest of minor children.


Where will the child reside? The Court is really interested in where the child or children will sleep at night. In Wisconsin, the parties can share placement of the children or one parent or the other can have primary placement. The Court presumes that both parents should have maximized time with the child or children.

If you would like to know more about Placement issues in Wisconsin, please contact our office to set up a free initial consultation.

Child Support

Calculating child support can be extremely complex and is best left to a Family Lawyer. Child Support is based not only on the number of children in your family but also on the number of overnights you have and on your (and perhaps your spouse’s) income.

If you would like to know more about Child Support issues in Wisconsin, please contact our office to set up a free initial consultation.


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Racine Divorce Attorneys


Murphy Johnson and Trampe S.C., has extensive experience in family law. We provide a combination of deep industry knowledge and personal experiences to meet the individual needs of each client.

Philip Z. Trampe

Partner and Shareholder

Matthew P. Johnson

Partner and Shareholder

Abigail M. Volberding

Associate Attorney

Amber M. Ragonese

Associate Attorney

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Attorney Abigail Gilman was a pleasure to work with, always professional, very detailed, always had my best interests in mind and helped me to get the best results without trial! There were times I slacked off in getting her info and documents she needed and she got on me about it which was great because my motivation was low! I would highly recommend Abby to anyone in need of a lawyer, i hope I never need another one however I would consider her a good friend also! Thanks again Abby

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When I first went to Phillip at my free visit, he was very compassionate and listened to everything I said. My request was an unusual one, I wanted to be allowed to see my grandson. Phil fought very hard to make that happen & now I get to see my grandson every month. I would recommend Phil to anyone that was having the issues that I was having. Thanks you so much Phil

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I met Phil in the March of 2014 when I went for the free consultation about filling for a divorce. From the first meeting and throughout the entire divorce process he was very honest, friendly, always available to answer any of my questions or concerns. He fought for my benefits every step of the way , him and his staff were always there to take my calls , give advice and encouragement when I needed it. I would recommend his services to everyone who is looking for a fair, knowledgeable, professional and successful legal services

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