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The Legal Process

In the state of Wisconsin, a divorce action commences when one or both spouses file a petition for divorce. The petition asks the court to dissolve the marriage between the spouses.

Divorce Petition

The petition must be filed in the county where one or both spouses reside, and one of the spouses must have been a resident of Wisconsin for at least six months and of the county for 30 days immediately prior to filing for divorce. Both parties can file a joint petition or one party can file a petition to be served on the other spouse.

Temporary Order

A temporary hearing can be set to establish temporary support and use of property. Ask your family law attorney if you need a temporary hearing or can negotiate a stipulated temporary order.

Waiting Period

There is a minimum waiting period of 120 days from the date of service of the petition or the date of filing of a joint petition. It is within that time that parties can seek to resolve all of the issues. In contested divorces, the final hearing is often beyond the minimum 120-day wait.

Judgment of Divorce

The final document that will be generated is the Judgment of Divorce. The parties need that to effectuate division of retirement accounts, change of name and change of ownership of titled assets.

Wisconsin Divorce Attorney

If you are contemplating divorce, want to know how the laws of the state of Wisconsin will apply to you and your divorce, or need to file an immediate application for divorce, please contact Attorney Kathleen Reiley (Kathy).

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