How to File For Divorce in Wisconsin

At Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C., we recognize that deciding to end a marriage or coming to terms with a spouse’s decision to end a marriage can be difficult and painful. You will likely have a multitude of concerns, especially if you and your spouse are the parents of minor children. While an amicable resolution of your differences is usually preferable, sometimes this is not possible, and you may need the assistance of the court or other third-party decision maker to finalize the process and move forward. It is important that you hire a skilled attorney to ensure that your best interests are always protected as you go through the complex steps of a divorce. Our attorneys strive to make you feel comfortable and knowledgeable about your legal options during such a trying time.

Our attorneys have more than 45 years of combined experience and we have dedicated our practice to divorce and family law. We are equally skilled and comfortable with the option that works best for your family: cooperative divorce, divorce litigation, and various forms of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration. Traditional divorce practice uses a variety of legal tools to work toward either settlement or trial. Cooperative processes and mediation attempt to resolve issues between parties without the need for litigation. Litigation and arbitration allow a judge or arbitrator to hear evidence and make a decision about issues the parties cannot resolve themselves.

When divorcing in Wisconsin, parties need to decide:

  • How to divide property, including assets and debt.
  • How to allocate custody (the right to make major decisions concerning the children) and placement (where the children will be physically placed).
  • How to financially support family members during and after the divorce, whether through child support or maintenance.
  • How to structure the divorce to permit continuation of a family business in a way that is fair to both spouses.

For information on divorce law in Madison WI, contact us today. We have experience addressing these issues in courts throughout the state, whether through negotiation and cooperative practices or through litigation. We work with you to find, and advocate for, the solutions that best fit your individual circumstances.