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Is Wisconsin a No-Fault Divorce State?

Fault laws for divorce vary throughout the United States. Wisconsin has been labeled as a pure no-fault divorce state. This means that neither you nor your spouse has to prove that one person specifically failed to live up to the marriage. As long as both parties agree that the marriage is irrevocably broken, the divorce will be granted. In Wisconsin, a no-fault divorce is the only way to get divorced. For Wisconsin divorce tips or information on how to file, contact First Look Family Law.


Requirements for No-Fault Divorce in Wisconsin

No-fault divorce laws require either:

  • A petition or affirmation stating one or both parties agree the marriage is irrevocably broken.
  • Both parties have voluntarily lived apart for 12 consecutive months after having been legally separated.

Karyn Youso can help with legal representation for divorcing couples in WisconsinHow to File for a No-Fault Divorce

To file in the state of Wisconsin, at least one party must be a resident for a minimum of 6 months. The marriage must be contracted in Wisconsin within a year of the divorce or one party has to be a resident of the filing county for a minimum of 30 days.

You’ll need to fill out multiple Wisconsin divorce forms including summons, initial petition, marital settlement agreement, etc. If you choose First Look Family Law Firm to represent you, we’ll help speed up the divorce process through collaboration or mediation. You won’t have to worry about a lengthy court battle.

Steps to Divorce

If you file for a no-fault divorce, you will have to go through the following before it is finalized.

  1. File a petition with your local county clerk.
  2. Serve your spouse with the petition and summons (unless you file jointly, then no summons).
  3. Your spouse will file a response (unless you file jointly).
  4. Work on your divorce agreement and arrange a court hearing date during the 120-day waiting period.
  5. In the case of an uncontested divorce, both parties reach a settlement agreement without the judge, and the divorce is granted.
  6. In the case of a contested divorce, your case might last a lot longer if you have to schedule a contested trial in front of the judge.


How Long Does a Divorce take in Wisconsin?

Because there is a 120-day waiting period before your divorce can be finalized, most divorces take at least 4 months but can take longer in busy counties like Milwaukee, or when there are disputes. If there are contested issues, the case will take longer. Hire divorce mediator Karyn Youso of First Look Family Law for a time-saving option. She will aim to make your divorce as low-conflict as possible and you'll be done as fast as the court will allow.

Karyn Youso can help with legal representation for divorcing couples in Wisconsin

Divorce in Wisconsin CostKaryn Youso of First Look Family Law

Due to each case being different, no-fault divorces in Wisconsin can range in price. Divorce mediation is the most cost-effective option at $3,500 - $10,000. Collaborative divorce is a good choice where there are more complicated emotional or financial issues, and the whole family's best interest is the concern and can range from $10,000 - $15,000. High-conflict litigation is common in more complex marriage dissolutions but averages in cost at a starting cost of $10,000, and can top out at over $100,000. Contact First Look Family Law to see which option is right for you.

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Brookfield divorce attorney Karyn Youso can provide the information you need, whether you’re just deciding to file for divorce or are in the process already. If you are seriously interested in hiring an attorney or mediation, schedule a free consultation to see if she is the right lawyer to take on your case. Call 262-788-5335 or schedule an appointment online.

First Look Family Law is based in Brookfield but services clients through the Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, and Ozaukee County areas.


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