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How long does it take to get divorced in Wisconsin?


A frequently asked question for individuals getting a divorce in the State of Wisconsin is, “how long will it take?” Under Wisconsin Statute, 767.335, you cannot be divorced until 120 days have expired from the date of service on the other person, or if a joint petition is filed, 120 days after the filing of the joint petition. While there is an exception to ask for a waiver of the 120 day statutory period under 767.335 (2) Stats., one would have to have an emergency like situation or exigent circumstances for the court to consider the waiver. Cases however, are not routinely resolved after 120 days. How long the case will take to complete depends on a variety of other factors, such as, the length of the marriage, the assets of the parties, if there are children, whether custody and placement is contested or other significant factors that may take the case more time to resolve. I tell clients at their initial interview, that based on my experience in handling family law matters after 33 years of practice, that the average length of time for obtaining a divorce in Wisconsin is 9-12 months to complete, including the 4 month “cooling off” period.

Have questions on the 120 day waiting period or how long it will take for your divorce? Call Karp & Iancu, S.C. for experienced family law representation.

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