Wisconsin Divorce and Family Law

Protecting Your Rights. Safeguarding Your Children’s Future. Helping Families in Greater Milwaukee.

At Dahlberg Law Group, we understand the importance of family. This is why our attorneys will prioritize you and your family’s needs throughout your case. Our qualified and compassionate team of attorneys is dedicated to providing you with the support and legal expertise you need to keep your family safe.

No Fee Retainer Agreements on most family law matters.

Call (262) 677-8999 to begin a free case evaluation with one of our Milwaukee Family Law Attorneys.

What types of Family Law cases do we handle?

Marital Property Rights

One of the most disputed aspects of divorce is the division of marital property. This is even more challenging in Wisconsin, which is one of the few ‘community property states’ in the US.

Divorce Mediation

Divorce is unpleasant, even when it is uncontested. That simple reality cannot be changed – highly charged emotions will always be involved when you’re discussing the end of a relationship that goes back years. However, divorce mediation can help you during these tough times.

Child Custody & Placement

When going through a divorce, everyone wants what’s best for the children involved, and the law is no exception to this rule. In Wisconsin, the laws are set up so that the state makes decisions about child custody arrangements based on what is best for the children in the divorce.

Contested Divorce

A contested divorce is simply a divorce in which you and your spouse have not reached an agreement on all terms, including child custody and parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance and division of property and debt.

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Are you facing a divorce or breakup of a long-term relationship? Does an ex-spouse or partner want to move out of state with your children? Do you want to resolve your family law matter quickly, efficiently and with the least stress for you and your children?

Filing for Divorce in Wisconsin

We Provide Compassionate & Comprehensive Solutions

Ending a marriage is stressful. In addition to the emotional challenges that accompany divorce, ending a marriage can become a complex legal process.

If you are considering divorce, you will need trustworthy legal counsel to help navigate the process. At Dahlberg Law Group, our Jackson divorce attorneys understand the best practices for pursuing a divorce in Wisconsin. We will work with you to develop a comprehensive strategy that suits your needs and empowers you to pursue an ideal outcome in your case.

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Grounds for Divorce in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, spouses seeking to end their marriages have two primary options: divorce or dissolution. If both parties agree that they are incompatible (commonly known as having “irreconcilable differences”) and can resolve any relevant property division, support, and parenting issues, they can file for dissolution. Otherwise, if only one spouse is seeking a divorce, they are required to state a specific reason. In Wisconsin, the legally permissible grounds for a fault-based divorce include:

  • Your spouse was already married when you got married,
  • Your spouse has abandoned you, or you have been living separately for at least a year,
  • Your spouse has committed adultery,
  • You are a victim of extreme cruelty, including domestic violence,
  • Your spouse is habitually drunk,
  • Your spouse is in state or federal prison at the time you are seeking to file for divorce, and
  • Incompatibility, if your spouse does not dispute the fact that the two of you have become incompatible.

Proving your reasons for seeking a divorce can be complicated, and as discussed below, your spouse has the right to challenge your filing for divorce, and try to prevent you from obtaining a divorce.

In addition to agreeing to file for a no-fault dissolution or having sufficient grounds to file for a fault-based divorce, you must meet specific residency requirements as well. To file for divorce in Wisconsin:

  • You must have lived in Wisconsin for at least the last six months, and
  • In most cases, you must have lived in your current county of residence for at least 90 days.

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Ways to Get a Divorce in Wisconsin

Some marriages end in contentious litigation, with the spouses unable to make even the most straightforward decisions together. With the right counsel, however, your situation does not have to end this way. You have several avenues to choose from when it comes to dissolving your marriage.



Dissolution is sometimes known as “no-fault” divorce. Dissolutions can be used when the parties feel they can enter the legal process amicably, without significant disagreement over property division or allocation of parental rights and responsibilities.

This cost-saving approach is a useful alternative for many separating couples, mainly because the parties and their attorneys can agree on all facets of the parties’ separation before ever stepping into a courtroom.



Often, separating spouses have legitimate disputes over property and personal issues that require court intervention. In that event, you should secure experienced, knowledgeable counsel to help you through the litigation process.


Legal Separation

In rare cases, it may be beneficial to remain married while living separately. This may be an appropriate option for a select number of couples who wish to separate. If you are seeking a legal separation from your spouse, you should consult with an experienced attorney to discuss your options.


Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is an alternative to traditional dissolution or divorce. We can assist clients through a guided negotiation process, which allows the parties to overcome difficulties in resolving parenting/custody or property issues cost-effectively.



Mediation, like collaborative divorce, is a method of alternative dispute resolution. Our team can help you utilize mediation to save time, stress and money on your divorce. When spouses can agree on terms for their divorce or are seeking an amicable outcome, mediation may be an appropriate option.



In an annulment, the court invalidates a marriage. However, unlike a divorce, annulments of marriage require certain qualifying grounds:

  • One person was under the age to legally consent to marriage
  • Fraud, such as false identity or claiming pregnancy
  • Incompetence
  • One spouse was already legally married to another person who is still alive
  • Duress
  • The marriage was never consummated

No Fee Retainer Agreements on most family law matters.

Call (262) 677-8999 to begin a free case evaluation with one of our Milwaukee Family Law Attorneys.

Fault-Based and No-Fault Divorces

Once you file for a divorce, your spouse will have 28 days to respond. If he or she fails to file an answer, you will be permitted to pursue an “uncontested” divorce. This is usually the best-case scenario because:

  • To prove your grounds for divorce, all you will have to do is testify and bring a witness to corroborate your testimony.
  • In most cases, the judge will decide property division, custody and support issues according to your requests (although you will want to work with an attorney to ensure that your requests comply with Wisconsin law).
  • The whole process can be over within a few months.

However, if your spouse contests your divorce, then the process becomes more complex. In that case, you will want an experienced team of local attorneys on your side.


Options for No-Fault Divorce in Wisconsin

If you and your spouse agree that it is time to get a divorce, you have a few options available to end your marriage relatively quickly and with minimal strain on your family.

Most commonly, parties can negotiate a reasonable and fair agreement through their counsel. Some families may benefit from the use of mediation to resolve any differences with the help of a neutral third party. Another option, known as “collaborative law,” allows spouses to work together with legal, financial, family and psychological advisors as necessary to reach an agreement on the terms of their divorce.

To schedule a consultation with our team, please call our office at 262-677-8999.

Why Choose Us?

Personalized, Client-Focused Service

Your story and circumstances are unique and they require a personalized, thoughtful approach. We provide a custom strategy to execute your goals.

Integrity & Honesty is Everything

We hold ourselves to the highest standards to provide you with helpful, honest guidance toward a resolution.

Complimentary Consultations Available

We are happy to provide a high-level overview of your case and answer any preliminary questions you have.

Children Always Come First

We keep the well-being and future of your children at the forefront of your case. They deserve to have their voices heard.

At Dahlberg Law Group, we understand that filing for a divorce is never easy. We’ll work with you to ensure that you (and your children, if you have any) can confidently navigate the divorce process.

Guiding You Through Every Step of the Process

No matter how complex the case, we will make sure you are informed through all of the details of the process.

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