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Wisconsin Divorce Mediation, Counseling and Parenting Classes
Wisconsin Divorce Mediation:
There is no legal requirement for mediation in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Marriage Counseling:
The court may, when both spouses want to try to reconcile, enter an order suspending the divorce action for up to 90 days. This is done so they may attempt a reconciliation without prejudice to their respective rights. During this period, the spouses may live as husband and wife. Cohabitation does not constitute an admission that the marriage is not irretrievably broken or a waiver of the ground that the parties have voluntarily lived apart continuously for 12 months. Suspension may be revoked upon motion of either party or by court order. If the parties reconcile, the court dismisses the case; if the parties do not reconcile after the suspension, case proceeds as though no reconciliation was attempted. [Wisconsin Statutes - Sections: 767.081, 767.082, 767.083, 767.11].
Wisconsin Parenting Class:
Both parties must attend a mandatory parenting class before the divorce will be granted. The required classes range in length and you are given a Certificate of Completion to provide to the court. The goal of the classes is to educate the parents on best practices for co-parenting during and after divorce. The classes are often held at the courthouse or there are online class options.
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