Wisconsin is a no-fault divorce state. For the unversed, this means that one spouse’s misconduct cannot be a reason to ask for a divorce. Instead, the separated couple can state that the marriage is beyond repair or is “irretrievably broken” to get a divorce. There are two ways to proceed with the legal end of your marriage – contested and uncontested. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse will need to agree on every legal point of conflict, including the distribution of assets, matters concerning your child, and alimony. A contested divorce is when two spouses decide to go for litigation. Expectedly, an uncontested divorce is more straightforward and doesn’t take as much time.
No matter the circumstances, you need to talk to a divorce lawyer, and you can meet the experts of Karp & Iancu, S.C. to discuss your case further. In this post, we are discussing the cost of an uncontested divorce in Milwaukee.
Lawyers may charge a fixed price
Numerous law firms in Milwaukee charge a fixed rate for uncontested divorces because there is not much for the lawyers to do except handle the legal process. The price covers some critical tasks, including drafting the marital document and other paperwork, filing the papers in court, and getting a date for the final hearing. In some cases, the lawyer may choose to represent the client at the final hearing for an uncontested divorce. If you are working with a family lawyer for the first time, make sure that you discuss all relevant aspects in detail, including the expenses that you are expected to pay for, such as the filing costs.
Facts about uncontested divorces
In an uncontested divorce, you will still need to wait for 120 days, which is the compulsory waiting period in Wisconsin for any kind of divorce. Depending on whether the paperwork is done right or if the court is busy, it may take longer to finalize the divorce. Most uncontested divorces in busy counties can take six months or more, and the lawyer cannot expedite the process as a lot depends on external factors.
An uncontested divorce allows you and your spouse to keep things simple and cordial at all levels, and more importantly, you can also avoid a public confrontation. The eventual goal is to move on and protect the interests of your minor children (if you have any), and for that, you should consider an uncontested divorce over a contested one.