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The decision to divorce is a difficult one, and the divorce process can be exhausting and overwhelming. The legal issues can be complex and how these issues are resolved will have a long lasting impact. You will need a thorough understanding of the various issues that concern you and your family. Together with your attorney, you will need to come up with a plan that will work for you and your family.  No two cases are ever the same and no two outcomes are identical.

The attorneys at Hoff, Claringbole & Quigley are skilled and experienced in representing clients as they address the important issues that need to be addressed in a divorce action.  These may include child custody and placement, child support, spousal support (maintenance or alimony), and property division.

The Divorce Process

Commencement - How does a divorce begin?

A divorce action is initiated by filing a petition. A divorcing couple may file paperwork together as a joint petition or one spouse may file the paperwork as the Petitioner and the other spouse will be referred to in the legal case as the Respondent. If a divorce is filed by one party, the other spouse will need to be given notice that the divorce has been filed.  A spouse receiving the paperwork may chose to sign an admission of service stating that they receive the paperwork.  If need be, a process server can be used to deliver the paperwork.

See also: Divorce Options 

Is there a waiting period?

There is a 120 day waiting period before a divorce can be finalized.  This 120 day waiting period begins when the Respondent receives notice, or when he or she signs the admission of service.

See also Legal Separation

Will there be a temporary order in place during the waiting period?

As part of the divorce process, it is often necessary and almost always helpful to have a temporary order in place.  When our attorneys file an action for divorce, we will usually schedule a temporary order hearing about a month after filing.  The purpose of a temporary hearing is to put in place an order that will be in place while the divorce is pending.  Temporary orders may address which spouse stays in the house during the divorce action, where the children will reside, support amounts, which spouse is paying which bills and how personal property is to be used during the divorce action. 

Stipulated Divorce vs. Contested Divorce

Frequently, clients start this process without a full agreement and are anticipating a contested divorce. A stipulated divorce is a divorce where all issues are resolved without a court having to make decisions.

If agreements cannot be reached, our highly effective attorneys are skilled and experienced in litigation, trial work and depositions. If litigation is necessary, we will zealously represent our clients’ interests in presenting evidence and testimony to advance our client’s interests. 

Divorce Attorneys at Hoff, Claringbole & Quigley, LLP

Attorney Heather Claringbole represents clients in every type of family law, divorce, legal separation, custody, support, guardianships, personal injury, and real estate matter.

Attorney Katelyn Quigley represents clients in every type of family law, divorce, legal separation, custody, support, personal injury, and real estate matter.

Free initial consultation

Our attorneys at Hoff, Claringbole & Quigley, LLP offer a free initial consultation for people seeking legal guidance and representation in family law, divorce, maintenance/alimony, child custody, child support, adoption, stepparent adoption, guardianships, personal injury, or real estate matters. Please call (920-749-2002) or e-mail our law office to arrange for a free initial consultation today.


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Appleton, Wisconsin 54911
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Wisconsin Geographic Area Served

Hoff, Claringbole & Quigley represent in Waupaca, Outagamie, Brown, Waushara, Calumet, and Winnebago Counties in Wisconsin. The Attorneys at Hoff, Claringbole & Quigley, LLP represent people across Northeast Wisconsin, including Appleton, Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Green Bay, Waupaca, Chilton, Wautoma and throughout the Fox Valley and Outagamie, Winnebago, Brown, Waupaca, Calumet, and Waushara Counties.

Hoff, Claringbole & Quigley, LLP

We serve clients in Appleton, Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Green Bay, Waupaca, Chilton, Wautoma, and throughout the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin, including Outagamie, Winnebago, Brown, Waupaca, Calumet, and Waushara, Counties.

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Appleton, WI 54911

(920) 749-2002

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