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Is Wisconsin A Community Property State?

Neenah - Menasha - Appleton - Fond du Lac - Eastern Wisconsin

Community Property Question

Wisconsin is sometimes referred to as "essentially being a community property state", but it is not a community property state.

The entire theory of community property law cannot be discussed here, but it is worth mentioning a few of the major differences.

Where a community property state will recognize a marriage after the mere passage of time, Wisconsin does not. In order to be married in the state of Wisconsin, a license must be obtained from the clerk of the court and an authorized officiate must perform the ceremony.

Likewise, in order to be legally divorced in the state of Wisconsin, one or both parties must petition the court for a divorce. In that petition, the spouses can ask for a legal separation, temporary orders regarding the marital property and custody of the children , as well as a temporary support order, as applicable.

You may want to read about Wisconsin marital property law or Wisconsin divorce law.

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