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Divorce and family law

This page provides information about several types of actions affecting family, which may include divorce, legal separation, annulment, child custody and visitation, property division, and paternity. Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 767 (external link) governs several of these actions.

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This site provides a guide to divorce and legal separation in Wisconsin and takes you through a series of questions, filling in most of the forms necessary for divorce and legal separation, including maintenance (alimony), child support, legal custody and physical placement, and property division. (It does not have forms or instructions for paternity actions, annulment, or grandparent visitation.) Use the new case forms assistant to fill out forms for a brand new divorce or legal separation case. Use the existing case forms assistant to fill out forms for a case that already has a case number.

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Note: Questionnaires could take half an hour or more to fill out, and must be completed in one session as answers will not be saved. Make sure that cookies are enabled in your browser settings. Refer to this webpage (external) for more information on enabling cookies.

Procedures and forms

For more information about divorce or legal separation see the Basic Guide to Divorce/Legal Separation PDF.

Court forms for divorce and family law


The law pertaining to family law issues such as divorce, child custody, child support, and paternity can be located in the Wisconsin Statutes (external link). General answers to common questions about family law matters can be found on the State Bar of Wisconsin site.

The Wisconsin State Law Library website provides access to additional resources on the following legal topics: