I want to file for divorce, how does the divorce process work?

Keep in mind, the divorce process in Wisconsin takes time. There is a minimum of 120 days for all divorce cases to go through. This allows all parties involved to calm down and make rational decisions regarding the divorce. The process may take longer depending on the degree of complication regarding your specific case.

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The Wisconsin Divorce Process

The divorce process begins with one party filing a summons and petition with the court. The other party will then be served divorce papers. As soon as the papers are served, the 120 day period begins. The next step is often to come to a temporary settlement regarding living arrangements, child custody and other marital issues. This temporary agreement can be reached by working under the advisement of a Wisconsin divorce attorney. If a temporary agreement is necessary and an out-of-court agreement cannot be reached, the temporary order will be determined at a hearing. The temporary order is only intact until the divorce is finalized.

Once a temporary settlement is reached, each party’s divorce lawyer will begin building a case. Information regarding debts, assets and anything relating to the parties’ children will be gathered to build the case. The final settlement can be reached out of court, by the parties and their attorneys, or the case can go to trial. If the case does go to trial, each attorney will present evidence and testimonies in a favorable way for their personal client, while attacking the other case. The judge will make a final decision based on each case. If you’re considering filing for a  divorce or you have been served divorce papers, it is important to have a skilled and experienced Wisconsin divorce attorney, like those at McLario, Helm, Bertling, & Spiegel, S.C., at your side. We keep your best interests at heart and put you first in all family law cases. Let our divorce attorneys fight for you.

If you’re involved in a divorce, contact our Menomonee Falls divorce lawyers to schedule a free consultation.

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