Wisconsin Divorce Forms
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The person filing for a divorce, the petitioner, needs to have the correct divorce papers. Which divorce forms are needed depends on if parties file jointly and if they have children. Once the initial paperwork is filed, the other party is served and there is a temporary order hearing if necessary. Download your divorce forms below.
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How to File for Divorce
To get a divorce or legal separation in Wisconsin, the party filing must first get the paperwork required for their situation. You can get that paperwork by answering the questions above. After answering the questions, it gives you the Wisconsin divorce forms as pdf files.
The petitioner is the first person to file, so as that person you fill out the forms and file them with the local clerk of their circuit court. For more information on the divorce process, read How to File for Divorce in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin uncontested divorce forms are the same as the contested divorce forms, you just have to fill them out accordingly.
The Right Form for the Right Time
There are three main phases of a divorce that require paperwork filing: initial filing, service of paperwork, and pre-trial hearing. When you download the divorce forms from us, we give you all the documents you will need in clearly labeled folders.
For in-depth help on these documents or anything else in the divorce process, contact Sterling Lawyers to meet with a family law attorney. There are options to get help with anything from just paperwork to full representation. We also have the option of a do-it-yourself divorce where the attorney only helps you with the initial processes.
Step 1: Initial Filing
These are the documents that need to be filed to begin the divorce process. The exact names of the documents are different based on the exact situation, but these are the basics. Also, the “summons” is only needed if parties are filing separately.
- Petition for Divorce
- Stipulation for Temporary Order
- Affidavit/Order to Show Cause for Temporary Order
- Confidential Petition Addendum
Step 2: Service of Paperwork
Service is only necessary when parties are filing separately. After beginning the filing process, the petitioner has to serve the other party. For this step, which forms are needed depends on how the other party is served and if they can be found.
- Civil Process Worksheet
- Admission of Service
- Affidavit of Service
- Publication Summons
- Publication Affidavit of Mailing
- Order to Appear
Step 3: Pre-Trial Hearing
The pre-trial is the first opportunity to conclude the divorce. To finalize the divorce, both parties must document and agree on the outcomes of the divorce, then sign the final agreement.
- Financial Disclosure Statement
- Proposed Parenting Plan
- Marital Settlement Agreement
- Proposed Marital Settlement Order
- Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Judgment
Are you ready to move forward? Call (262) 221-8123 to schedule a strategy session with one of our attorneys.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get divorce papers in Wisconsin?
You can download the divorce papers you need by clicking one of the buttons above. Be sure to select the documents that are specific to your case. Any documents needed outside of those we provide can be found on the Wisconsin Court System’s website under circuit court forms.
How much does it cost to file divorce papers in Wisconsin?
The filing fees are different depending on the county the divorce is filed in. Usually, the price to file is around $175 to $190.
The court can also waive the fee if you are unable to pay it. To get it waived, you file the Petition for Waiver of Fees and Costs. The full cost of a divorce will range much more depending on your exact situation.
Can I file for divorce by myself?
You are able to file for a divorce without the help of an attorney. The easiest way is to efile on the WI court’s website. Or you can get help from an attorney just for the beginning of the divorce using our DIY divorce package.
Also, you do not need your spouse to begin the divorce process.
How long does it take to get a divorce in Wisconsin?
The length of a divorce depends on a lot of factors such as assets, children, and agreeability. On average, a divorce usually takes 6 months to a year. After filing the divorce papers, there is also a 120-day waiting period before the divorce hearing can occur.