Divorce/Legal Separation: Filing Separate (alone) - Without 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 intially 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)



Form Number
Name of Form
Forms for Download
Summons Without Minor Children
Petition Without Minor Children
Confidential Petition Addendum
Order to Show Cause and Affidavit for Temporary Order – Without Minor Children




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 huband 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



Form Number
Name of Form
Forms for Download
Request for Pretrial 
     Form English (pdf)
Financial Disclosure Statement
Proposed Marital Settlement Without Minor Children
use when following the Default / Contested Checklist

Marital Settlement Agreement Without Minor Children

use when following the Stipulated Checklist

FA-4142 Order to Appear

Order for Pretrial / Order to Appear

Not available online, but can be obtained from the Milwaukee Justice Center

                         Example English (pdf)
Affidavit of Non-Military Service
Certificate of Divorce or Annulment
(aka Vital Stats Form)
Not available online, but can be obtained from the Milwaukee Justice Center 
Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Judgment – Without 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) without 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
Petition and Waiver of Fees/Costs Affidavit of Indigency and Order


Not finding what you need?

For additional information, visit the Wisconsin State Law Library website.


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