Serving Divorce Papers

3 Ways to Serve Divorce Papers in Wisconsin

There are 3 main methods service can be accomplished in Wisconsin:

Regardless of how the service is accomplished, the main thing is that it actually is accomplished. Without proof of service, a case has no standing in court.

If you were the one served, you have 20 days from the date you were served to file a written Admission of Service, a Response, and a Counterclaim. Failing to do so can leave you open to the possibility of the court entering a default judgment against you. 


Time Limits for Serving Divorce Papers

Depending on the form or action, service will need to be accomplished by varying numbers of days before the trial. The time limitations for the most common forms and actions are listed below.

  1. Summons and Petition for Divorce: 90 days from the date the petition was filed
  2. Order to Show Cause and Affidavit: 5 days before trial
  3. Response and Counterclaim: 20 days after the date of service; can be mailed to the courthouse.
  4. Order to Appear: 24 hours if the other party lives in the same county; otherwise 72 hours if they live in a different Wisconsin county from the one the action was filed
  5. Notice of Motion and Motion: 5 days before the trial
  6. Petition to Enforce Placement: 5 days before the trial

Have You Been Served Divorce Papers?

If you were recently served divorce papers in Wisconsin, you only have 20 days to respond! You need to act fast and get ahead of the process by consulting with one of our experienced family law attorneys.

Wisconsin Divorce Process

The experienced attorneys at Divergent Family Law are ready to represent your best interest in the divorce process. We will advise you through all stages and issues that arise during a divorce including:

Contact Divergent Family Law today for more information.

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