Divorce Attorney in Wisconsin
Wisconsin is a no-fault divorce state. This means that you do not need to prove that one or the other spouse was at fault in causing the divorce. Additionally, there is no mandatory period of legal separation and you do not need to live apart before petitioning the court for a divorce. There is, however, a 120-day waiting period from the time you file for divorce until you will be granted a divorce by the court.
How Do I File For Divorce in Wisconsin and What Will The Divorce Process Be Like?
Step 1. A divorce action begins with the filing of a "Summons and Petition for Divorce" with the court.
Step 2. After filing, the pleadings must be served on your spouse.
Step 3. Your spouse may file a "Response and Counter-Claim."
Step 4. Temporary orders are entered two to six weeks after the divorce paperwork is filed with the court. The temporary orders provide direction for how financial and child matters will be handled during the period of the divorce proceedings, including granting temporary spousal support, determining who will live in the home, determining how bills will be paid and deciding on temporary custody and visitation.
Step 5. A pretrial hearing is held approximately four to six months after the divorce paperwork is served. We may be able to complete the divorce at this hearing, however, if there are issues that remain in dispute, a trial date will be set.
Step 6. If a settlement is reached before the trial date, a stipulated "Entry of Divorce" will be provided to the court.
Step 7. If all the issues are not resolved, a trial will be held before a family court judge and the remaining disputed issues will be presented to the judge to decide.
Don’t worry – you don’t need to face your divorce on your own!
We will be by your side every step of the way and will fight to protect your legal interests. For a no obligation consultation with one of our family law attorneys at Doar, Drill & Skow, call 877-362-7529 toll free or contact us online. Located in New Richmond, we serve clients throughout western Wisconsin.