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Your Wisconsin Divorce Laws 2017

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Wisconsin Residency Requirement
According to the Wisconsin Divorce Laws and Wisconsin Divorce Guidelines, to get divorced in Wisconsin, one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for 6 months and of the county for 30 days immediately before filing the case


Time To Divorce
There is a waiting period of 120 days after filing the Wisconsin Divorce Forms and Wisconsin Divorce Papers before a hearing on the case will be shceduled.


Place of Divorce (Venue)
The case may be filed in:
County where one of the spouses meets the residency requirement

Simplified or Special Divorce Procedures
The spouses may file a joint petition for divorce in which they both consent to personal jurisdiction of the court and waive service of process. A copy of a guide to Wisconsin Court procedures for obtaining a divorce is to be provided to the spouses upon filing for divorce. In all cases, a financial disclosure form must be filed. Also, in cases in which both spouses agree that the marriage is broken and have agreed on all material issues, the case may be held before a family court commissioner.


Wisconsin Grounds for Divorce
Grounds for divorce:
(1) Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

 

NOTE: Regardless of the reason of the breakdown of the marriage or the reason for filing for divorce in Wisconsin, the Divorce Do It Yourself Service will do divorces on an "Agreed" basis or a “Default” basis.

  • An Agreed Divorce , as shown in the WI divorce guidelines, is where BOTH spouses agree on the divorce terms such as Wisconsin property distribution, Wisconsin child support, or Wisconsin child custody. Our clients (75%) usually prefer the Agreed Divorce method and both spouses sign the completed divorce forms and are agreed to the divorce.

  • A Default Divorce , from the divorce guidelines and Wisconsin divorce laws, is when the other spouse doesn’t sign the Wisconsin Divorce forms at all. He/she doesn’t do anything with the divorce. They simply default on their side of the case and the spouse who filed the original Complaint for Divorce gets whatever they asked for. Perfect!

 

Wisconsin Divorce Resources
Here are the important divorce resources for Wisconsin:

 

The Divorce Process to File Your Divorce in Wisconsin
There are only a couple basic steps to a divorce:

  • File Your Divorce Papers for Wisconsin at your Local County Courthouse (Wisconsin Divorce Forms)
  • Notify Spouse by Service of Process of your filing for divorce in Wisconsin
  • Attend your Wisconsin divorce court hearing. That is it!

 

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Wisconsin Divorce Laws for Property Distribution
In an "Agreed Divorce" or "Default Divorce" the marital property is to be divided so that spouses agree on how to divide it. The main focus here is to agree on the division of the property…so that it doesn’t create a big fight that one party will want to go to a Wisconsin divorce lawyer to make the divorce into a “Contested Divorce.” Then YOU will have to incur the fees of a lawyer too. Which can be huge.

  • Debts Most couples going thru a divorce, set out who will pay what debts as part of their Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA), and close all of their joint bank accounts.
  • Wisconsin Alimony Laws (Wisconsin Spousal Support Laws) In an Uncontested “Agreed or Default” Divorce, spousal support may be awarded to either spouse for their maintenance and support. Both parties must agree to it however…since most spouses are working, alimony (if awarded at all), is usually for a shorter period of time, and smaller amount than in the past. In the Wisconsin divorce laws for alimony, it is possible for alimony to be paid in one lump sum payment OR the use of a payment plan has become popular in the last 10 years as well. Alimony is not required for a person to get divorced in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Child Custody Laws
Easy Definitions: (source: divorce process in Wisconsin and WI divorce laws)

  • The Visitation Plan is the Plan the parents have on WHERE the children will live and WHEN the children will visit each spouse
  • Legal Custody is different than the Visitation Plan. It is the parent’s ability to make core decisions in the lives of the children…like, which church they will attend.
  • Physical Custody Is the parent’s choice of where the children will live. Also, which parent they live with and when they will exchange.

Wisconsin Child Custody in a “Shared Custody” arrangement, is the normal method of our Wisconsin divorce customers. If a “Sole Custody” arrangement is to be considered, then there typically must be a very good reason . Usually the job or financial status of a spouse is not to be considered for allocating any parental rights. Shared Custody or Sole Child Custody may be awarded to the Best Interests of the Child, of course.

Your Wisconsin Child Support Laws
If the 2 spouses are unable to agree to a specific $amount of child support, there are Wisconsin Child Support Guidelines that determine the amount for you. The guideline amount is supposed to arrive at a support amount that is in the child's best interest. However, most divorcing couples agree to a $number on their own, that will work just fine. Also NOTE, in most situations, -0- Child Support is OK if both spouses are working and can manage. This is also true for a Wisconsin Legal Separation

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You can calculate your child support in Wisconsin right here.

Missing Spouse and Running a Newspaper Ad
If your spouse is missing and you do not know where to cannot locate him/her, after diligent effort, you can still get divorced in Wisconsin. It may involve the extra expense of running a newspaper ad or something similar. We help you through the process. No big deal.

Wife’s Maiden Name Change
The Wife’s Maiden Name can be returned in the divorce process, if she wishes. We include the maiden name change in in our service as a FREE GIFT.

Your Local County Court Fees
When filing your divorce papers, your local county court charges some fees and it will go to the clerks and the judges. The usual range is between $75 and $200 to file a divorce. Every county does vary. So the best way to know is to call your county in the blue government section of your phone book. Regardless of whether you are going through a divorce service, using a Wisconsin divorce kit, using a divorce attorney (or divorce lawyer), or doing a nearly free divorce in Wisconsin, you will be paying your own filing fees.

 

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