Divorce / Legal Separation: Filing Separate (Alone) - With Children under 18

You will find two checklists which take you step-by-step through the divorce / legal separation filing process. The checklists break the process down into two parts, Checklist 1 & Checklist 2; you must complete both.

Checklist 1 includes: everything you need to initially file, and have your spouse served. Checklist 2 includes everything you need to complete after your spouse has been served.

Attention: For Checklist 2 you will need to decide if you will complete the Default / Contested Checklist, or the Stipulated Checklist.

For qualifying low-income individuals, the courts offer a fee waiver. If you would like to request a fee waiver, you will find the form at the bottom of this page. 

! Remember

You can get help with Checklist 1 at the Milwaukee Justice Center's Self-Help Desks. You can get help with Checklist 2 by appointment only.

Legal advice is not provided.

 

CHECKLIST 1:  (click here for Checklist 1)

 

FORMS FOR CHECKLIST 1: 

 

Form Number
Name of Form
Forms for Download
FA-4104
Summons With Minor Children
FA-4108
Petition With Minor Children
GF-179
Confidential Petition Addendum
                      
                         Form English (pdf) 
                         Form English (doc) 
                        Summary English (pdf)
                                 
FA-4128
Order to Show Cause and Affidavit for Temporary Order – With Minor Children

 

 

CHECKLIST 2:  

This checklist will take you step-by-step through the second half of the divorce / legal separation filing process.

 

ATTENTION: You must decide if you are going to follow the Stipulated or the Default/Contested Checklist.

You will follow the Stipulated Checklist after filing separate ONLY if:

1.) You and your wife/husband agree on EVERY term of your divorce.

2.) You and your wife/husband will both sign the marital settlement.

3.) Both you and your wife/husband will complete a separate Financial Disclosure form.

4.) The husband is the father of all children born during the marriage.

If you meet ALL of these requirements you must follow the Stipulated Checklist.

If not, and there are disagreements, then you must follow the Contested Checklist

If not, and you had to publish your service in the newspaper, then you must follow the Default Checklist

 

FORMS FOR CHECKLIST 2:

Form Number
Name of Form
Forms for Download
MKE Co.
Request for Pretrial 
          Form English (pdf)
   
FA-4139
Financial Disclosure Statement
FA-4152
Proposed Marital Settlement With Minor Children
 
use when following the Default Checklist
FA-4150

 Marital Settlement Agreement With Minor Children

 use when following the Stipulated Checklist

     Form English (pdf)
   
Form English (doc) 
   
 
  Summary English (pdf)

FA-4147

Proposed Parenting Plan

can be used with form FA-4152

     Form English (pdf)
     
Form English (doc) 
     
Summary English (pdf)

FA-612

Interim Financial Summary to Child Support Agency 

not available online, but can be picked up at the Milwaukee Justice Center

     Example English (doc) 

FA-4142

Order to Appear

    Form English (pdf)
     
Form English (doc) 
     
Summary English (pdf)

GF-175
Affidavit of Non-Military Service
MKE Co.

Order for Pretrial / Order to Appear

not available online, but can be picked up at the Milwaukee Justice Center

  Example English (pdf)

F-05080
Certificate of Divorce or Annulment
(aka Vital Stats Form)
 

not available online, but can be picked up at the Milwaukee Justice Center

FA-4160
Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Judgment – With Minor Children

 

PACKET:  (click here for the packet of forms)

Here is the entire divorce / legal separation packet with all the forms you will need for filing separate (alone) with children under 18.

  

Fee Waiver Forms

If you are unable to pay the filing fees, and meet the income requirements, you can ask the court to waive the fees by completing form CV-410 below.

 

Form Number
Name of Form
Forms for Download
CV-410
 
Petition and Waiver of Fees/Costs Affidavit of Indigency and Order
 
 

 

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