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Divorce: Answering Your Legal Questions
  • GC0092

Everyone hopes to never have to endure a divorce, one of life's most traumatic experiences. But some marriages deteriorate beyond repair. If you're facing a divorce, you need to know what lies ahead in the legal process. This consumer pamphlet explains the grounds for divorce in Wisconsin, the differences between a divorce and legal separation, how to start a divorce action, custody and physical placement of children, child support, maintenance, property division, and other issues related to the divorce process.

The information covered:

  • What are the grounds for divorce in Wisconsin?
  • What is the difference between a divorce and a legal separation?
  • What is an annulment?
  • How long must I live in Wisconsin before filing for divorce?
  • How does either spouse start a divorce action?
  • Can I get divorced if I don't know where my spouse is?
  • How long does it take to get a divorce?
  • Can my rights be protected between the start of a divorce action and the final hearing?
  • How does the court decide who gets custody and physical placement of a child?
  • How does the court determine child support payments?
  • What is maintenance?
  • How does the court decide whether to award maintenance?
  • What is a wage assignment?
  • How does the court divide property?
  • What is a default divorce?
  • What if my spouse and I can't reach an agreement?
  • Can spouses use the same divorce lawyer?
  • Will the court order my spouse to pay for my attorney?
  • May a woman use her former name after a divorce?
  • What can I do if I'm dissatisfied with the final divorce judgment?
  • Can the final divorce judgment be changed in the future?
  • Can I move to a new location after the divorce?
  • What can I do if my former spouse disobeys a court order regarding custody, physical placement, child support, maintenance, or debt payments?
  • If my spouse fails to pay bills as ordered by the court, can the creditor sue both of us?
  • What is mediation?
  • What are cooperative and collaborative divorce?
  • What should I look for in a divorce lawyer?

Last updated: 7/2011

 

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