Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-38) has introduced a bill that will create a rebuttable presumption that equal placement is in the best interest of the children. The presumption can only be overcome by clear and convincing evidence that equal time with each parent is not in the best interest of the kids.
It is not a mandate for equal time. Courts retain the ability to review and modify placements schedules based on the factors already in the law while adding geographic location as an additional factor. But this law will change the current practice of assuming mom will have significant if not primary placement while reducing the only real question down to how much time will dad be allowed to visit his own children. It directs judges to start with a presumption of equality for both parents.
It will allow families to work out their own solutions by protecting the rights of all the parties equally. It acknowledges the right of all children to have both of their parents actively and significantly involved in their upbringing. It declares that the State of Wisconsin will finally recognize that kids need both of their parents equally. The bill is currently being circulated for co-sponsorship so I encourage you to contact your WI reps and urge to them to sign on to LRB-3081 from Rep. Joel Kleefisch.
Contact your lawmakers today: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/pages/waml.aspx