Divorce Conversations for Women by Rhonda Noordyk, CFEI | The Women’s Financial Wellness Center

Attorney Book on The Role of Your Attorney

How long does the divorce process take in the State of Wisconsin?

There is no exact timeline or time frame. However, there is a 120 waiting period in the State of Wisconsin before you can be divorced.

How much will a divorce cost?

There is not a one size fits all formula. Our standard divorce retainer is $4,000 and Attorney Book charges $350.00 / hr. We have had cases come in under the retainer and we have had cases cost several thousand dollars more.

Does it matter who files first for divorce?

No. Wisconsin is a no fault state and it doesn’t hinder or help to be the Petitioner (filing party).

Can I move out of the house during the divorce process?

The short answer is yes. Many people believe that if you move out of the house you are abandoning your rights to the house. That is not the case in the State of Wisconsin. There may be many valid reasons to stay in the house and there may be many valid reasons to remove yourself from the marital home. It should be discussed with your attorney before moving forward.

How is child support calculated in the State of Wisconsin?

Child support in the State of Wisconsin is strictly a calculation based on how many children you have, the percentage of time each parent spends with the child(ren) and the parties’ respective incomes.