As a Beloit Family Law firm focused in family and divorce law, we’re familiar with the myriad stresses, concerns, and questions voiced by clients who are in the midst of a divorce.
In truth, no matter how agreeable a couple may be about separating, divorce is still a hugely complicated process that creates anxiety around nearly every aspect of a client’s life.
But among those questions clients have for us while counseling them through divorce, there’s always one that, when answered, at least partially alleviates the stress that comes from being unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel:
“When can my divorce be finalized?”
Stages of the Divorce Process
We’ve found it helpful to offer our Beloit Family Law firm clients a high-level view of the divorce process in order for them to see each stage they’re about to enter. And although every divorce will differ slightly from others, the following is a general look at how the process will unfold:
- The Waiting Period: A divorce can be finalized after a 120-day waiting period as mandated by Wisconsin Law. This waiting period begins from the date you and your spouse are served with the Summons and Petition.
- The Settlement Documents: If you and your spouse reach a compromise on all areas, a‘Marriage Settlement Agreement’ and ‘Parenting Agreement’ are then prepared and a final court date scheduled in order to finalize your divorce. Similar documents that consist of ‘Finding of Fact,’ ‘Conclusion of Law,’ and ‘Judgment’ are then submitted to the court within 30 days of the scheduled hearing. The court then enters the Judgment.
- The Trial: If no agreement can be reached, the court will schedule a trial date in order to resolve any remaining disputes between you and your spouse. You and your spouse will be sworn in and will give testimony, presenting relevant witnesses and evidence. It’s important to note that at this trial stage, the court, not you and your spouse, makes the final determination about any issues you’ve brought before it.
- The Finalized Divorce: After the trial is complete and the court has granted you a divorce, Wisconsin Family Law dictates that you may not remarry for 6 months following your final divorce judgment.
Finding the Right Wisconsin Family Law Firm
Divorce is an inevitably difficult and stressful process. It’s important to find theright legal team to help guide you and your family through the myriad issues you’re likely to encounter and continuously work on your behalf to reach your goals.
Only then can you successfully move on to the next stage of your life.
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