When your marriage ends through divorce, you face an emotional time filled with many questions. How long does it take to get a divorce? What happens to my kids? What if my spouse and I own a business together? At Murphy Johnson & Trampe S.C., we take a comprehensive approach to divorce that allows us to answer all of these questions and more for you. We deal with property division, child custody, alimony and all other divorce issues at the same time, and provide you with personal attention from the lawyer who will handle your case from start to finish.
Racine Legal Separation Attorney
- No fault divorce
- Maintenance (also known as spousal support or alimony)
- Section 71 payments
- Child custody
- Child placement
- Child support
- Property division (division of assets)
- Legal separation
- Uncontested divorce
Business and High Asset Divorce
The individual that receives the divorce pleadings is called the Respondent. The Respondent has his or her own obligations to the Court. The Respondent must file a response and has a limited time to answer. The Respondent must know how to respond to the Petitioner’s requests.
Divorce Time Line
The Divorce process will start with a Temporary Order Hearing, wherein the Court will address issues of Custody, Placement, Child Support, Maintenance, Property Division, and Debt Payments. This initial hearing is handled by the Family Court Commissioner and the Orders made by the Court are temporary. This hearing is to set rules for the parties to follow while they are awaiting their final Trial or Stipulated Divorce hearing.
After the Temporary Order Hearing, most counties have a pre-trial where the Court seeks to determine what the issues are and set a time line for settlement or Trial.
The parties may settle outside of Court and to do so they must create a Marital Settlement Agreement or Divorce Contract. Both parties generally must appear at the final divorce hearing, even if there is a stipulated agreement, to testify to the Court regarding agreements made. If the parties cannot come to agreed upon terms, they must attend a Contested Divorce Hearing or Divorce Trial. Trial can be costly and emotionally damaging to both parties. Your Attorney will do their best to negotiate appropriate terms prior to Trial, but if they are unable to do so they will vehemently represent you at trial.