Couples usually wed with the idea that marriage will last forever, but sometimes that is not the case and divorce is the only alternative. Some may worry about what type of conduct has to be alleged in order to obtain a divorce in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is what is referred to as a “no fault” state, which means that the court does not look to whether one of the parties is at “fault” when granting a divorce. The court is concerned with whether the marriage is irretrievably broken, meaning that reconciliation is not possible.
Some divorce cases are simple with few issues. The vast majority of cases, however, involve numerous issues that can be complicated. Issues may include the valuation and division of assets, the determination and assignment of liabilities, maintenance (which is referred to as alimony in some other States), child custody and placement time, and child support.
To demystify the legal process, I explain to my client from the beginning and throughout the representation what she or he should reasonably expect to happen. I tell my client about the legal and factual issues involved in her or his case, as well as the need to consider the financial and emotional costs of various options for handling the divorce case.
Divorce can be one of the most traumatic experiences in a person’s life. Providing a roadmap of the process and engaging in a discussion with the client of the issues and options can help to ease their anxiety and enable them to make informed decisions about the future, which is the goal of my firm.