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How Long Will my Divorce Take?

At the very least your divorce will take at least 120 days. Wisconsin state statute requires that there must be a 120 day waiting period from the time that your divorce action is filed or served on the other party. As to how long your divorce takes, the simple answer is it depends. If you and your spouse are able to reach agreements, we can get through the process much more quickly. In fact if you can reach agreements on all issues, you can have your divorce on the 121st day after having been served with the divorce action. If you and your spouse cannot agree on custody and placement issues, this will cause there to be significant delays. Specifically if moms and dads cannot agree in Dane county they will refer you to mediation and if that is not successful, we’ll either initiate a custody evaluation and/or appoint a guardian ad litem. In Dane county the Family Court Counseling Services will have at least 135 days to complete the mediation and custody evaluation process.

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