You can get married in a day, but ending your marriage can take considerable time. People often fail to understand that divorces are complicated and often involve too many legal aspects. No matter what your situation is, you may have to wait for a while to get divorced in Wisconsin. This is a no-fault state for divorces, and stating that you want to end the marriage is a reason enough. The ground is an “irretrievable breakdown” of marriage. You can choose to talk to an attorney to learn more about divorce laws. Here’s what it typically takes to finalize the divorce.
The waiting period in Wisconsin
There is a mandatory waiting period of 120 days in Wisconsin. This is the minimum time you need to wait to finalize your divorce, and in most cases, you cannot skip that time.
You can file for a divorce in the county you live in (or where your spouse resides) as long as you have been living there for at least 30 days prior to the filing. In counties where the volume of divorce cases is considerably lower, things move quicker, and your final hearing could be immediately after you have completed the 120-day waiting period. County judges in many counties handle all sorts of family law and criminal matters, while in other counties, judges only work on family law-related cases.
The other side
If your spouse decides that they want to prolong the divorce or doesn’t cooperate on the case, you will have to wait significantly longer to finalize the divorce. For instance, your spouse may be evasive, or they may not come for the hearing as required. These factors can delay the process and make things harder.
Too many disputes
You may need considerably longer to end the marriage if you and your spouse have key issues. For instance, if both people cannot agree on matters like child custody, child support, and alimony, you will have to go for mediation. In some cases, the court may even appoint someone to do an investigation or a Guardian ad Litem for child custody. Such investigations can take months, which only adds to the divorce time.
Finally, if the wife becomes pregnant as the divorce proceedings are in action, the divorce cannot be completed until the child is born. Talk to an experienced lawyer to know how you can finalize the divorce without unwanted delays. The lawyer can also help negotiate with the other side.