Depending on how long you have lived in Wisconsin, a divorce will take a minimum of 4 months from the time it is filed until the final court order dissolving the marriage, an order that is often called the final divorce decree.
Filing for a divorce involves petitioning the court to ask that court to dissolve a marriage. Before a petition may be filed in a Wisconsin Circuit Court, at least one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state of Wisconsin for 6 months prior to filing for divorce, and a resident of the county for at least 30 days immediately prior to filing for divorce.
For example, if you have only living in Wisconsin for 4 months, you will need to wait until you have resided here for 6 months before filing for divorce. Or, if you have lived in Wisconsin for 6 months, but have only living in the county in which you wish to file for divorce for 5 days, then you must until you have resided in that county for 30 days before filing.
Even if you have to wait to file, there are things that you can do during the waiting period. Wisconsin law requires that every party to a divorce submit a financial disclosure form before the court will order the divorce. You can get that form from the law offices of Brandau & Waltz and complete it before you file. You can also learn about your rights under Wisconsin law regarding your marital property, child, and support. If you and your spouse mutually agree that it is time to divorce, you can start the process of divorce mediation.
If you are contemplating divorce, if you are prepared to file and waiting for your residency requirements to be met, or if you have met your residency requirements and are prepared to move forward, you will likely want to speak with Attorney Ann Brandau about your options, legal rights, child custody and support so that you have a good understanding of how you can immediately begin managing your new life. To arrange a consultation with Attorney Ann Brandau, please contact the law offices of Brandau & Waltz.
Brandau & Waltz Law Offices, LLP
practicing in wisconsin & minnesota
For more than thirty combined years, Attorney Ann Brandau & Attorney Peter Waltz, the founders of the law offices of Brandau & Waltz have helped people across Wisconsin and Minnesota find workable, reliable, and effective solutions to their family law, divorce, custody, support, injury, worker's compensation, social security and other legal problems. Attorney Brandau and Attorney Waltz are licensed to practice law in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Brandau & Waltz's attorneys frequently represent people whose cases are in La Crosse, Holmen, Prairie du Chien, Viroqua, Sparta, Black River Falls, Whitehall & Alma, Wisconsin, as well as Minneapolis, St. Paul, Wiona, Cottage Grove, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Dakota, New Hartford, Hokah, Witoka and La Crescent, Minnesota.
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