Current as of: 2011
(1) "Action affecting the family" means any of the following actions:
(d) Legal separation (formerly divorce from bed and board).
(h) For property division.
(2) "Legal custody" means:
(a) To affirm marriage.
(f) For child support.
(i) To enforce or modify a judgment or order in an action affecting the family granted in this state or elsewhere.
(j) For periodic family support payments.
(L) To determine paternity.
(1d) "Department" means the department of children and families.
(g) For maintenance payments.
(6) "Sole legal custody" means the condition under which one party has legal custody.
(1f) "Divorce" means dissolution of the marriage relationship.
(k) Concerning periods of physical placement or visitation rights to children, including an action to prohibit a move with or the removal of a child under § 767.481 (3)(c).
(m) To enforce or revise an order for support entered under s. 48.355 (2) (b) 4., 48.357 (5m) (a), 48.363 (2), 938.183 (4), 938.355 (2) (b) 4., 938.357 (5m) (a) or 938.363 (2).
(1b) "Court" includes the circuit court commissioner when the circuit court commissioner has been authorized by law to exercise the authority of the court or has been delegated that authority as authorized by law.
(1g) "Electronic communication" means time during which a parent and his or her child communicate by using communication tools such as the telephone, electronic mail, instant messaging, video conferencing or other wired or wireless technologies via the Internet, or another medium of communication.
(1m) "Genetic test" means a test that examines genetic markers present on blood cells, skin cells, tissue cells, bodily fluid cells or cells of another body material for the purpose of determining the statistical probability of an alleged father's paternity.
(1s) "Joint legal custody" means the condition under which both parties share legal custody and neither party's legal custody rights are superior, except with respect to specified decisions as set forth by the court or the parties in the final judgment or order.
(a) With respect to any person granted legal custody of a child, other than a county agency or a licensed child welfare agency under para. (b), the right and responsibility to make major decisions concerning the child, except with respect to specified decisions as set forth by the court or the parties in the final judgment or order.
(b) With respect to the department or a county agency specified in § 48.56 (1) or a licensed child welfare agency granted legal custody of a child, the rights and responsibilities specified under § 48.02 (12).
(2m) "Major decisions" includes, but is not limited to, decisions regarding consent to marry, consent to enter military service, consent to obtain a motor vehicle operator's license, authorization for nonemergency health care and choice of school and religion.
(5) "Physical placement" means the condition under which a party has the right to have a child physically placed with that party and has the right and responsibility to make, during that placement, routine daily decisions regarding the child's care, consistent with major decisions made by a person having legal custody.
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