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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. See also: Why Hire A Divorce Attorney?

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. See also: Credit Card Debt In Divorce

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. See also: The Emotional Side of Divorce

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 (Kathy) Reiley.

Wisconsin State Licensed Attorney:

Attorney Kathleen (Kathy) Reiley exclusively practices law in the state of Wisconsin.

Practice Focus on Divorce and Family Law:

Attorney Reiley focuses her law practice in the area of family law, handling legal separation, Divorce, cohabitation, same sex marriages and divorces, child custody, legal custody, physical placement of minor children, child support, spousal support, paternity, marital property issues, and guardianships.

Divorce Trial Litigation and Divorce Mediation:

With more than thirty years of experience in family law, Attorney Reiley has also participated in the Dane County Bar Association Mediation Project since its inception. Attorney Reiley offers mediation services and divorce mediation, as well as collaborative divorce, cooperative divorce, contested divorce, litigated trial divorce, stipulated divorce, uncontested divorce, divorce of elderly spouses, spousal support (alimony), extensive real estate matters involved in divorce, post divorce modifications and actions, and child support modifications.


Kathleen Reiley, SC
Reiley Law Offices
7161 N Port Washington Road, Suite B
Milwaukee (Glendale), Wisconsin 53217
Telephone: (414) 369-6309
Website: ReileyLaw.com

Regular Business Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

Geographic Focus:

Attorney Reiley most frequently represents people in Sheboygan, Washington, Ozaukee, Waukesha and Milwaukee County, Wisconsin


Bayside, Brown Deer, Cudahy, Fox Point, Franklin, Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Milwaukee, Oak Creek, River Hills, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, and Saint Francis, & Wisconsin.


Bayside, Belgium, Cedarburg, Fredonia, Grafton, Mequon, Newburg, Port Washington, Saukville, Thiensville, & Waubeka, Wisconsin.


Sheboygan, Elkhart Lake, Cedar Grove, Waldo, Gibbsville, Sheboygan Falls, Oostburg, Adell, Cascade, Plymouth, Howards Grove, Glenbeulah, Mosel, Kohler, Random Lake, Greenbush, and Hingham, Wisconsin.


Allenton, Germantown, Hartford, Jackson, Kewaskum, Newburg, Richfield, Slinger, & West Bend, Wisconsin.


Big bed, Brookfield, Butler, Chenequa, Delafield, Dousman, Eagle, Elm Grove, Hartland, Lac La Belle, Lannon, Menomonee Falls, Merton, Mukwonago, Muskego, Nashotah, New Berlin, North Prairie, Oconomowoc, Oconomowoc Lake, Okauchee Lake, Pewaukee, Summit Village, Sussex, Wales, & Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Call Milwaukee Divorce Attorney Reiley Today:

To speak with Attorney Reiley regarding your situation, please call (414-369-6309) her or send her an email.

Kathleen Reiley, S.C.
7161 North Port Washington Road, Suite B
Milwaukee (Glendale), Wisconsin, 53217

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 170364
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53217

Located in North Milwaukee in the Glendale community.
Attorney Reiley's practice reaches across Milwaukee County and into surrounding Jefferson, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha counties.