Wisconsin Divorce Records & Statistics
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.
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.
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.
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.