Common Reasons People Get Divorced in Wisconsin

The only basis or grounds for divorce in Wisconsin is for one spouse to tell the court the marriage is irretrievably broken. Wisconsin is a no-fault divorce state, meaning you don't need legal reasons for divorce in Wisconsin because the court will not consider either party to be the cause of divorce.

Top 10 Reasons for Divorce in Wisconsin

Although Wisconsin no longer considers fault or evidence-based divorces, the reality is much different. No matter what the situation, there is always a reason for a divorce, and it can be helpful to understand why other couples have chosen to end their relationship.

  1. Grew apart
  2. Communication
  3. Money Trouble
  4. Unmet or Unrealistic Expectations
  5. Married for the wrong reasons
  6. Abandonment/Desretion
  7. Addiction
  8. Extramarital Affairs – (physical and emotional)
  9. Intimacy Issues
  10. Abuse

While any of the above reasons for pursing a divorce, it's no longer required for you to provide one for the court, since Wisconsin no longer allows evidence-based divorces.

This move is part of a nationwide trend; for example, neighboring Illinois ended fault divorce in 2015. As divorce's moral acceptability continues to creep up (in a recent survey, 69 percent[1] of Americans did not believe that divorce was wrong), many lawmakers apparently feel that fault divorce is an anachronism.

Fault may still be admissible in the property division portion, under the dissipation (waste) doctrine. If Husband spent thousands of dollars on lavish gifts for his girlfriend, Wife may be eligible for a disproportionate share of community property since Husband wasted marital assets on his paramour.

References: [1]Survey

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