Cost of Divorce
The cost of a divorce will depend on the complexity and number of disputed issues in your case. Many people think that the more assets or income the parties have, the more a divorce will cost. Property division is not the only thing to consider when pricing out how much your divorce will cost, from start to finish. We find that the total cost of a divorce depends on how reasonable the parties and lawyers are and how well the divorcing spouses can compromise with one another to reach resolutions on disputed issues.
We do offer several divorce packages based on the type of divorce you and your spouse plan to work through.
- DIY Divorce: Starts at $599
- Uncontested Divorce: Starts at $1,699
- Mediated Divorce: Starts at $1,799/Spouse
- Collaborative/Cooperative Divorce: Starts at $2,699
- Uncontested Divorce: Starts at $2,999
Process of Filing For Divorce
Filing for divorce in Wisconsin is a pretty simple process. There are just a couple of documents that you need to fill out. An attorney can also take care of this for you. We typically use our own forms. They’re a little bit more complicated, but there’s nothing wrong with the state forms and they get the job done.
Documents You Will Need To File
- 1. Summons and Petition for Divorce
- 2. Confidential Petition Addendum
- 3. Motion for Temporary Orders (Optional)
Summons and Petition for Divorce
The first document you’re going to file is called a summons and petition for divorce. It’s technically two documents, but they’re merged as one. The summons basically lets the other party know that they’re being summoned to court, you filed the divorce action. The petition is where you fill out basic biographical information, the facts, what your allegations are, and what you’re asking for, such as divorce, property division, child support, etc.
Confidential Petition Addendum
The next document you’re going to have to fill out and file is called a confidential petition addendum. And that’s just a simple one-page document that lists the names of the parties and any children, dates of birth, and social security numbers. That gets filed with the court under seal, meaning it’s confidential, and also goes off to the state.
Motion for Temporary Orders
Sometimes, you may also need to file what’s called a motion for temporary orders, or an order to show cause for temporary orders, if there are certain temporary issues that need to be resolved while the case is pending and you and your spouse can’t seem to agree on how to resolve those things. These issues may include, but are not limited to:
- Who gets to live in the house
- Where the children are going to be
- Who’s going to pay what bills
Because the divorce process can take a while, we need to make sure that there are either agreements, or temporary court orders outlined by the court. And that’s one way that you’re going to be able to get those. But again, it’s not mandatory. That’s only if you can’t resolve temporary issues.
What Happens After You Fill Out The Forms?
Once you file the summons and petition for divorce, the confidential petition addendum, and the Motion for Temporary Orders, you will be required to pay a filing fee, which varies by county. The cost is typically around $200 for most counties. You will then receive the papers back and they will need to be served. Generally, the Sheriff’s office can help you with serving the papers to your spouse.
Once the other party is served with those divorce papers, that officially starts the clock on a 120-day waiting period. And that is a minimum waiting period under Wisconsin law. You may not be divorced within 120 days. It does not mean that you will be divorced on the 121st day, or the 120th day. It’s just a minimum waiting period. So that starts the clock on that process. And from there, you move on to filling out financial statements and having court hearings, etc.
What If I Have More Questions?
You can always take a look at our Frequently asked Questions to get a better idea of what factors affect the divorce process. If you feel you are ready to file for divorce, reach out to our attorneys today by filling out the form below. After a brief discussion about the issues you’re facing, our divorce lawyers can give you an accurate and transparent estimate as to how much your divorce case will cost.