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Wisconsin Divorce Online Help Center

If you have questions about how an uncontested divorce in Wisconsin works, please call us toll free at 1-800-680-9052 Mon.- Fri. 9am to 5pm EST.

We provide unlimited support for all of our customers through our Wisconsin Divorce Online Help Center. We take great pride in being able to respond to our customers in a "human" to "human" approach (as you can see, we do not hide our toll free number 1-800-680-9052). We understand the need a customer may have to talk to a person rather than the typical automated voice or e-mail support system. Please keep in mind that we are not lawyers and we do not give out legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding your uncontested divorce in Wisconsin, we recommend that you contact a lawyer in your area.

Can I file for my divorce in the State of Wisconsin?

In almost all cases, you file for a divorce in the state where you reside. This means that if you are a resident of Wisconsin, you file in Wisconsin and are governed by Wisconsin's divorce laws even if you were married, for example, in California.

You must meet Wisconsin's residency requirement for a Wisconsin court to have jurisdiction over your divorce.

Will Wisconsin 3StepDivorce™ work in my situation?

Wisconsin 3StepDivorce™ works as long as both you and your spouse agree about everything, and both of you are willing to sign the divorce paperwork.

You do not have to sign the papers together, at the same time and place, but the Wisconsin 3StepDivorce™ requires both spouses to sign.

Does Wisconsin 3StepDivorce™ work if I have children?

It sure does. The Wisconsin 3StepDivorce™ allows you to address all issues regarding children, including but not limited to, physical and legal custody, visitation and support, care, health insurance and tax deductions.

Do I need a lawyer to file for divorce in Wisconsin?

Thousands of people divorce in Wisconsin every year without hiring a lawyer.

When spouses cannot agree about the terms and conditions of their divorce, they sometimes end up in court where a judge makes decisions for them. This is called a contested divorce, and hiring a lawyer is a good idea in this case.

When a case is uncontested and both parties are willing to sign, (when you and you spouse agree about everything) filing your own divorce is a common choice in order to cut down legal expenses. Read about the advantages of filing your own uncontested divorce in Wisconsin.

What are the residency requirements for a Wisconsin divorce?

The residency requirements for a divorce in Wisconsin are as follows:

One of the spouses must be a resident of the state for at least six months and a resident of the county of filing for at least 30 days before the start of the action. No hearing on the action may be held for at least 120 days after the service of process or 120 days in the case of a joint petition.

Must I prove that I am a resident of Wisconsin in order to file for my divorce?

Yes. The divorce paperwork requires a signed authentication that you have been a resident of Wisconsin for at least the past six months. This is a state law.

Signing false statements is perjury.

If the court requires proof for some reason, typically a Wisconsin driver's license or state identification is sufficient. An affidavit of a corroborating witness testifying about your residency also works.

What if my spouse does not live in Wisconsin?

Your spouse does not need to live in Wisconsin to use 3StepDivorce™. After you have printed all the divorce paperwork, you simply mail the documents to your spouse and he or she signs them. After your spouse returns them, you file in your local county court.

Very often divorcing spouses live in different states.

What are the grounds for filing a divorce in Wisconsin?

The grounds for divorce in Wisconsin are as follows:

Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.

If both parties state that the marriage is irretrievably broken, or if they have lived apart continuously for 12 months or more prior to the commencement of the action and one spouse has so stated, the court, after hearing, shall make a finding that the marriage is irretrievably broken.

If the spouses have not voluntarily lived apart for at least 12 months prior to the commencement of the action and if only one party has stated under oath that the marriage is irretrievably broken, the court shall consider all relevant factors, including the circumstances that gave rise to the filing and the prospect of reconciliation.

How long does a divorce take in Wisconsin?

Once the divorce paperwork has been filed in court, it takes at least 120 days for a divorce to be final. The start to finish time of the divorce may vary depending on the caseload of the court and the availability of judges to sign the final Judgment.

3StepDivorce™ saves time because all lengthy delivery times are eliminated when you print your documents from your computer. You control revisions and reprintings as necessary.

Do I have to appear in court?

In Wisconsin, a divorce hearing is not typically required unless you and your spouse have children. If there are children involved, a short hearing, generally about 15 minutes, gives the court an opportunity to make certain that you understand the parameters of custody, visitation and support that are ordered as part of your divorce.

If there are no children, the process in very streamlined. Since you and your spouse are in agreement, there is nothing for the court to decide.

After my divorce, how long do I have to wait in Wisconsin before I can remarry?

There is a mandatory six-month waiting period is Wisconsin.

Does Wisconsin permit a name change as part of the divorce?

Yes. 3StepDivorce™ includes a protocol for the wife to take back her former or birth name as part of the filing. It is easier to effect a name change during the divorce rather than after the divorce is finalized.

Does Wisconsin 3StepDivorce™ address the division of our property and debt?

Separate and marital property and debt is identified and addressed in your 3StepDivorce™ account. A series of questions itemizes property and debt, dividing and allocating both according to what you and your spouse have agreed to. The answers become part of the divorce documents, so it is clear to you, your spouse and the court how assets and liabilities have been divided.

Will I be able to address our retirement accounts?

Yes. You answer a few questions dealing with individual retirement accounts. You have the option of waiving rights to each other's account(s), or dividing any marital portion of an account by a specific percentage or a dollar amount.

What about the marital home?

Once again, a few questions inside your account deal with the disposition of the marital home. All possible scenarios are covered -- sale, planned sale, transfer from one spouse to the other, and co-ownership.

Will I be able to address spousal support?

A few questions in your account deal with temporary or permanent spousal support. Rights to spousal support may be waived, or a couple can agree to a specific amount for a set period of time. These questions define and limit the parameters of the desired spousal support, which often terminates upon remarriage or cohabitation.

Does Wisconsin require child support?

Wisconsin requires that a support order be put in place for all minor children.

3StepDivorce™ provides the Wisconsin Child Support Guideline Worksheet, so you can easily calculate the state's recommendation for monthly support, but you have the option of taking these recommendations under advisement. The courts realize that you and your spouse know your situation better than they do, so they may approve any reasonable support amount, even if it is different from the one on the state worksheet.

How do I calculate how much child support I owe?

We provide Wisconsin Child Support Worksheets inside your account. These worksheets make it very easy to calculate a monthly support amount. The support calculation is based on a number of variables, but the primary one is income.

Once you have calculated the amount, you and your spouse decide if you want to deviate from it and the reasons for doing so.

Can I deviate from the Wisconsin child support guideline?

Yes. Once you and your spouse agree to a monthly child support amount, a judge reviews your decision. He or she will accept it if it seems reasonable. However, if it seems too high or too low, the judge will want an explanation why the two of you came to amount so much at variance from the state guidelines. Your explanation and reasons for it determine whether or not the judge accepts your proposed child support amount.

How do I know when I can deviate from the Wisconsin child support guidelines?

Wisconsin permits deviation from its child support guidelines when the court, having applied the state's Percentage of Income formula to make the child support calculation," finds by the great weight of credible evidence that the [percentage formula] is unfair to the child or to any of the parties." In this, the court considers the following factors: 1) the financial resources of the child, 2) the financial resources of both parents, 3) maintenance received by either party, 4) the financial needs of each party to support himself or herself, 5) the needs of any person, other than the child, whom either party is legally obligated to support, 6) the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not ended, 7) the desirability that the custodial remain at home full time, 8) the cost of day care if the custodian works outside the home, or the value of custodial services performed by that person if he or she remains in the home, 9) the award of substantial period of physical placement to both parents, 10) the physical, mental and emotional health needs of the child, including health insurance, 11) the child's educational needs, 12) the tax consequences to each party, 13) the best interests of the child, 14) the earning capacity of each parent, based on each parent's education, training and work experience and the availability of work in or near the parent's community.

In Wisconsin, can child custody arrangements be modified after the divorce?

Yes. Child support can be modified based on a change in circumstances. In Wisconsin, a change in circumstances means "a significant change in circumstances," generally, changes "not considered when the original judgment was entered" that are "permanent and substantial" and/or "affect one's current standard of living."

In Wisconsin, can child custody arrangements be modified after the divorce?

Yes. Child custody arrangements can be modified when, for example, they break down because of the conduct of one of the former spouses.

Can we customize our child custody arrangements?

Yes. The terms and conditions of both sole and joint/shared custody are defined by you and your spouse.

Can we specify our visitation/parenting time schedule?

Yes. You can either use a standard schedule that we provide in your account, or you can use our option to customize your own.

In Wisconsin, do any or all of the divorce documents need to be notarized?

Yes. Some of the divorce papers need to be notarized. The step-by-step filing instructions explain who signs what and whether a particular document needs to be notarized. The documents requiring notarization contain notary clauses below individual signature lines.

Do my spouse and I have to sign and/or notarize the documents at the same time and/or place?

No. If desired, each of you may sign and/or notarize a document at a different time and/or place.

As mentioned, very frequently spouses sign and notarize the documents at different times and places because they live apart in different states. This happens often, for example, when one of them has moved or is in the military.

In Wisconsin, where do I file?

In Wisconsin, the divorce papers are filed in the Circuit Court, _________________ County, which is the local county courthouse, where the Domestic Relations or Family Law department accepts the divorce filing. The divorce documents are submitted to the Clerk of the Courts. You pay a filing fee, and the clerk assigns the case a case number.

What is the filing fee in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, the fees vary by county. Roughly the fees range from about $175 to $188. If you want to know the exact amount, you can call the courthouse and ask.

Filing fees underwrite the cost of the court system, but in the case of indigent petitioners these fees may be waived.

How can the fees be waived?

Normally, an indigent petitioner completes a very short form at the time of filing. This form asks the court to waive the fees because of financial hardship.

Can I stop a divorce in Wisconsin once I sign up?

Yes. If you have signed up but not filed any divorce papers, then nothing must be done. If you have initiated the action by filing the Petition for Divorce, your case can be dismissed by petitioning the court to do so. Normally, this can only be done by the filing spouse and must be done in writing.

Often the clerk of the court can help a person remove a case from the court docket.

What documents do I receive with my Wisconsin 3StepDivorce™ account?

The Wisconsin 3StepDivorce™ includes the following documents:

- Wisconsin Filing Instructions
- Joint Petition for Divorce
- Affidavit Regarding the Children
- Marital Settlement Agreement
- Proposed Parenting Plan
- Schedule for Visitation/Parenting Time of Minor Children
- Financial Disclosure Statement
- Child Support Guidelines
- Child Support Worksheet
- Request for a Status Conference
- Finding of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Judgment

Copyright Notice: The above questions and answers regarding Wisconsin divorce is original material which is owned an copyrighted by 3 Step Solutions, LLC. This material has been adapted from applicable state laws and unauthorized reproduction is prohibited. Violation of this notice will result in immediate legal action.

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