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320 S. Walnut Street, Appleton
Wisconsin 54911-5985


Telephone: (920) 832-5660
Fax: (920) 832-4418

Disclaimer: The information and forms on this site are for convenience purposes only, and may not represent the most current version.

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

It is the mission of Outagamie County Family Court Services, to provide clinical skills, dispute resolution techniques, effective communication, and professional aid to having parents look at alternatives, so that the parents can make a parenting plan which can best meet the needs of their children.

 

LEGAL ADVICE IS NOT PROVIDED
FINANCIAL ISSUES ARE NOT ADDRESSED

 

"CHILDREN CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE" AND "POSITIVE CO-PARENTING" PROGRAMS

The Children Caught in the Middle orientation is an educational seminar for a parent who has been in a long term relationship with the other parent. The parents who attend this group typically have older children. The educational seminar will cover the following areas: child developmental stages, how to keep the children out of the middle of parents' battles, and how to co-parent effectively when living in separate households.

Children Caught in the Middle is offered the second Thursday of every month from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Positive Co-Parenting orientation is an educational seminar for a parent who has been in a shorter term relationship with the other parent. The parents who attend this group typically have younger children. The educational seminar will cover the following areas: brain development and child developmental stages, how to develop/promote the relationship of the children with both parents, how to keep the children out of the middle of the parents' battles, and how to co-parent effectively when living in separate households.

Positive Co-Parenting is offered the third Tuesday of every month from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To register, please call (920) 832-5660 or send an email to Kathy.Krause@outagamie.org.

Cost: $10 at the door - cash only.

Fee waivers are not available.
 

MEDIATION SERVICES

The philosophy of mediation is that parents have the capacity, authority, and responsibility to determine what is best for their children. 

  • Child Custody: sole vs. joint
  • Child Placement: periods of physical placement 
  • Holidays
  • Vacation Periods
  • Transportation
  • Child Care
  • Right of First Refusal
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • Permission to Move

Financial issues are not addressed.

Cost: $200 ($100 each if court ordered).

Fee waivers are available.

 

CHILD CUSTODY/PLACEMENT EVALUATIONS (IN-DEPTH FAMILY ASSESSMENTS)

When parents cannot reach resolution regarding their children, an evaluation is conducted. The evaluation is an in-depth assessment on the family, with recommendations to the court regarding custody, placement, periods of placement, and treatment recommendations.

Interviews may include:

  • Joint interviews with both parents
  • Individual interviews
  • Interviews of children
  • Interviews of significant others
  • Home visits (where applicable)

Cost: $700 retainer fee paid upfront ($350 per parent); billed at $30 per hour.

Fee waivers are available.

PARENTING COORDINATOR PROGRAM

A Parenting Coordinator (PC) provides services to high-conflict families who continually go back to court on every issue. The Parenting Coordinator can settle non-custody/placement issues through arbitration with the parents. The decisions are legally binding. 

Parents must both agree to arbitration and artibration has to be court ordered.

Issues that may be addressed, but not limited to: interpret ambiguous orders; school district and programming; children's activities; day care; transportation and exchanges; participation of non-parent in placement periods; routines of children; medical/therapy needs, etc.

Cost: A $1,000 retainer fee is paid up front ($500 per parent); billed at $50 per hour.

Fee waivers are not available for this program.

 

STEPPARENT ADOPTION SCREENINGS/STUDIES

Brief screening to gather information for the court. Consists of a single home visit in which the screener will:

  • Interview the child's biological parent
  • Interview the stepparent
  • Interview the child
  • Ask for a tour of the home

Cost: $400

Note: Should the adoption be approved there is a $20 filing fee for the Report of Adoption;

a $20 fee for a new birth certificate for the child - if changing the child's last name;

and a $3 fee for any additional birth certificates.

 

 

ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE WITH CASH, CHECK OR MONEY ORDER

CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

 

Obtain Forms Here:
Policies and Procedures [PDF]
Fee Waiver Application [PDF]
Mediation Order Form [PDF]
Mediation Request [PDF]
Payment Form [PDF]
Background Information Form

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