The State of Wisconsin is a no-fault divorce state, meaning the court will not assign fault to either party for the divorce. Wisconsin will grant a no-fault divorce if the marriage has been stated by one or both parties to be irretrievably broken with a petition or affirmation, or if the two parties have lived apart voluntarily for 12 consecutive months. Issues such as adultery or abuse do not matter for the purposes of the divorce itself, though they may in regards to child custody.

Get started Visit our Divorce Center Get divorce documents and ask a lawyer your questions.


Residency Requirements

At least one of the parties must be a resident of the state of Wisconsin for a minimum of 6 months before filing. Either the marriage must have been contracted in the state of Wisconsin within a year of the divorce, or at least one of the two parties must be a resident of the county in which the divorce is filed for at least 30 days.

Fill Out your Forms

When filing for a no-fault divorce, you'll need to complete various forms. Some forms should be completed by all people filing for no-fault divorce in Wisconsin. These include:


If the parties have reached an agreement and they do not desire to proceed with a lengthy trial they can use Rocket Lawyer's easy interview process to complete a Divorce Settlement Agreement.  The Divorce Settlement Agreement allows the division of property, assets, debts and liabilities and settles matters of child support, custody and visitation.

Additional Forms for Couples with Children:


Other Forms You May Need:


Once you have filled out the appropriate forms, make at least three copies of each. Take the original and your three copies to your county courthouse to file the case. If everything is in order, the clerk will use the original forms and ask you to pay a fee to file. You can also ask for a Petition and Waiver of Fees/Costs, Affidavit of Indigency and Order if you cannot afford to pay them.

If your spouse lives in another state or country, make sure to consult a lawyer before filing.

Get started Visit our Divorce Center Get divorce documents and ask a lawyer your questions.

Get started Visit our Divorce Center Get divorce documents and ask a lawyer your questions.