Divorce is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life, especially since no one goes into marriage thinking it could end. Fortunately, the state of Wisconsin makes it easier than it has been historically in many places around the United States.

Wisconsin is a “no-fault” state when it comes to divorce. This means the only legal grounds required are for spouses to agree that the marriage is broken beyond repair. In most cases, only one spouse must believe this for a Wisconsin judge to approve a filing for divorce.

Legal separation is also an option for people who cannot get a divorce due to religious reasons or other personal preferences. The principles of divorce largely apply, such as negotiating child custody and managing property division. After a year, a separation may be ended by the spouses restoring their marriage or one of them applying for a divorce.

Divorces can be attained in Wisconsin if the filing spouse has lived in the state for at least six months. A person must have also lived in the county of jurisdiction over the matter for 30 days before filing. The filing spouse may then file a petition with the county court and the other spouse will receive a summons to respond to the action.

All parts of divorce are generally easier to manage with legal representation. An attorney can help a separating or divorcing spouse by representing his or her interests in court and managing the proper filing of the required paperwork to move the matter forward at the right speed.