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Wisconsin Grounds for Divorce

Whether you have been carefully considering divorce for quite some time or have recently decided that divorce is what is best for you, there are many details you need to know before you file, starting with your grounds for divorce. In some states, you can file on fault or no-fault grounds, but this is not the case in Wisconsin, where the only grounds for divorce are no-fault. 

Continue reading to learn more about what it means to file for divorce on no-fault grounds in Wisconsin and the steps you should take if your divorce is being contested by your spouse.

No-Fault Divorce in WI

When you want to get divorced in Wisconsin, you don’t have to cite any reason other than your marriage being irretrievably broken down. This is known as a no-fault divorce

The good thing about no-fault divorces is that they are usually quick to finalize and make the divorce as a whole much less expensive than they would be if you lived in a state that gave fault divorces as an option when filing for divorce. 

What It Means for a Divorce to Be Contested

If your spouse doesn’t want to get a divorce, they do have the option to dispute your Wisconsin filing. In cases like these, the judge may suggest that you attend marriage counseling and extend the finalization of your divorce for as much as ninety days if you cannot provide proof that the marriage has dissolved. 

Thankfully, if you are set on ending your marriage in Wisconsin, once the sixty days have passed, your divorce can continue on and your spouse won’t be able to delay any longer. You’ll still need to divide your marital property, assets, and debts like any other couple would, and you may need to figure out if spousal maintenance is on the table, but once these issues are resolved, your divorce can be finalized. 

Get Help from a Wisconsin Divorce Lawyer

If your spouse is making it difficult for you to make your divorce official and you aren’t sure where to turn, meet with an experienced WIsconsin divorce lawyer at Karp & Iancu, S.C. You can schedule your free case review by completing the convenient contact form located at the bottom of this page or by phone at 414-453-0800.

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