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Wisconsin Divorce Records & Statistics

Are divorce records public in Wisconsin?

Yes, all divorce records are open to the public and accessible online. In fact, Wisconsin is one of the few states that still allows full public access to divorce records. The only court proceedings that are kept confidential are paternity and children’s court cases.

How can I find divorce records?

Visit CCAP to search anyone’s court history or to view recently filed actions. You can also visit the courthouse in the county the action was filed in to view the physical copy of the divorce petition or decree.

 If you need help through the divorce process, our Milwaukee family law attorneys can answer your questions and assist you through the process.

Can I request my divorcee record be kept private?

In short, no. The up side is that details of the divorce and court settlement are left out on the online records. On special occasions (i.e. public figure divorces) the records are restricted from the public. A special petition with compelling evidence of a potential safety issue is needed for the records to stay private.

How fast does it take for CCAP to add a new case?

New divorce petitions and other court actions appear in CCAP almost instantly. This can sometimes be detrimental to a petitioner, especially in instances of domestic violence. Pre-divorce planning is essential in domestic violence situations, and it’s best to consult one of our family law experts before filing the petition or serving your spouse.

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Divorce Rate In Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s yearly divorce rate continues to decrease. Since 1920 the divorce rate slowly declined. In 2017 the divorce rate was the lowest it’s been since 1970. The number of marriages per year has also sharply decreased, which contributes to the lowering divorce rate.

More Wisconsin Divorce Facts & Stats

50%

of marriages end in divorce or separation

9th

lowest divorce rate compared to the other 49 states

8

years is the average length of marriage before the first divorce.

30%

more likely to get a divorce if you argue about finances at least once a week

0:13s

the time it takes for a new divorce to be initiated in America

91%

more likely to divorce if your parents are divorced

47%

more likely to get a divorce if a close friend gets divorced

January

is the "divorce month" with the highest rate of initiated divorce filings right after New Years

60%

of people under the poverty line are divorced women and children.

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