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There Are Many Ways to Save When Doing Your Own Divorce in Wisconsin

Often couples need to find ways to save money when filing for divorce, or you might think you have to stay together because a divorce costs too much. You can use a system such as 3StepDivorceTM to help you prepare the paperwork to file for your own divorce in Wisconsin as long as both you and your spouse are in total agreement. Using a document service to help you prepare the paperwork necessary to file, saves you the cost of a lawyer, and can speed up the process. Here are some other ways couple filing for divorce in Wisconsin can save even more money.

Wisconsin Courts Want Your to Be Organized

Organization is a key component to keeping your emotions in check by having all the paperwork ready available to file. Start off by using a file folder, or maybe an accordion type folder to keep all your Wisconsin divorce paperwork together. How many times do you find you lost an important paper, or you gave an important paper to your spouse and he or she lost it; this way you can pull out the copy, make another copy and you are on your way.

It is important to keep copies of all the paperwork, especially once signed, dated and filed with your courts. Having these copies can mean the difference between a misunderstanding between you and your spouse or an issue with the school where the children attend if you need to provide a custody agreement. Copies are important!

Further, staying organized also means fewer trips to the court and helps the Clerk who will be facilitating your divorce through the court system. Making a good first impression on the Clerk is important, it helps the Clerk’s job run smoother and the Clerk will tend to be more helpful when help is needed.

Certain Wisconsin Divorce Papers Must be Notarized

Notarizing documents means that you and your spouse, have a notary public, verify and acknowledge that the signature you put on the divorce documents is in fact you and your spouse’s signature. Notaries cannot help you to prepare the documents; he or she is simply, under oath, acknowledging that you are the person who signed the document. You do not have to have the documents signed and notarized at the same time or place. It is very common to have different notaries on the same document. There are only a few documents in Wisconsin that you have to have notarized. These documents include the Joint Petition, Affidavit of Non-Military Status, Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA), and Proposed Parenting Plan and Child Support Obligation.

In Wisconsin, most notaries are not able to charge more than $5.00 to perform most notary acts [§137.01(9) of the Wisconsin Statutes]. You may be able to get a free notary service at your local bank as long as you have an open checking account.

Paying Taxes Upon Divorce in Wisconsin

One area you might not think about when divorcing is doing your taxes and how you are going to file. Before you got married you were in one tax bracket, not only because of the money or salary you made but because you were single. When you got married you then were able to take advantage of different deductions based on being married. Now you are single again and once again will be faced with being classified single and placed into a different tax bracket. Often times you have the option to file with the married status for the year you got separated, but not if it is the same year your divorce became final.

It is important to understand that you can no longer take advantage of certain tax deductions based on being married but now depending on your income, you are paying anywhere from 4.60% to 7.75 depending on your income level and marital status [Wisconsin Administrative Code 35.93, Wis. Stats, Department of Revenue (Tax)].

If you have dependent children and you are unmarried, the parent who declares head of household now that you are divorced receives the benefit of childcare that the other parent cannot. Make sure you qualify for head of household status before filing your taxes.

Filing Your Wisconsin Divorce Papers by Mail

Since the court requires you to pay a filing fee, and there are a certain number of copies of the paperwork, it is not advisable to file the paperwork by mail unless it is your only option. Filing by mail is often only exercised by those who are out of state or live a good distance from the court house. However, most Wisconsin courts will offer this type of filing, especially if you are in the military and your residency or home of record is Wisconsin, and you cannot get to the court personally. This option may not save you money, but it may save you time going back and forth to the court (which can easily translate to money); just make sure you know what the mail-in procedures are so you do not miss a step.

Having Your Wisconsin Court Filing Fee Waived

When you file for divorce the petitioner will pay a filing fee. If you cannot pay this fee, you may request a fee waiver by filing the CV-410, 05/13 Petition for Waiver of Fees and Costs - Affidavit of Indigency and Order. This document proves to the court that you cannot afford to pay the filing fees and you are asking to have the fees waived. The court may waive the entire filing fee, a portion of the fees, the petition may be denied but payment may be required at a later date, or the petition is denied entirely. In Wisconsin, the filing fee you can expect to pay is between $180 and $220; this depends on the county where you file.

You will be required to answer questions about who you live with, your expenses, wages, whether or not you have other money coming into the household, or if you receive any type of government assistance. All these questions must be answered on the form.

Serving Your Divorce Papers in Wisconsin

Filing for divorce in Wisconsin is not difficult. In fact, when the parties are in agreement and using 3StepDivorceTM for Wisconsin, you are filing joint and the spouse simply signs the Admission of Service for, voluntarily accepting service of the documents, no need for formal service of process, thereby saving you a lot of money. An uncontested divorce where both spouses cooperate is the most cost effective way to file.

In a more adversarial process, service of process can mean hiring a third party, the sheriff or process server, to deliver the paperwork to your spouse. You can also mail the documents, certified mail, restricted delivery, meaning the spouse must sign for the paperwork and you would file proof that your spouse signed for the papers with your court. This is not expensive but there is still a cost of mailing and extra fee for certified and restricted delivery.

Getting Wisconsin Legal Help

Filing for divorce in Wisconsin does not have to be complicated. If you have a legal issue that you need a question or two answered, you can contact Legal Aid Society in your area. Wisconsin’s Judicare can help you find answers to legal questions so you can move forward with your pro se divorce.

Choosing Divorce Mediation To Resolve Your Disputed Issues

Sometimes you might run into a disputed issue after you decided to do your own divorce. You don’t have to give up on the idea of doing your own divorce to save money, but you may need the help of a neutral third party, a mediator, to help you resolve this disputed issue. Hiring a mediator still saves you money over hiring an attorney but it is always best to try and negotiate any settlement on your own first.

A Simple Divorce Process
Step 1 See if you qualify & create account!
Step 2 Answer the questions at your own pace.
Step 3 Print, sign and file your divorce forms with your local court (instantly review & print your forms online or have them sent US Priority Mail at no additional charge).

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or 2 monthly payments of $157
or 3 monthly payments of $109
or 4 monthly payments of $84
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