No matter how tough you are, divorce can be one of the most difficult experiences of your life. Suddenly, you can find yourself feeling unprepared and vulnerable as your financial future, your living situation, and even your relationship with your kids are threatened.
However, you never have to go through this process alone. Our Madison, Wisconsin, attorneys make it their mission to be advisors and advocates for men before, during, and after divorce.
Through each step of the divorce process, they’re there to give men the legal support they and their children deserve both in and out of the courtroom.
Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men
Our Madison attorneys exclusively practice family law with a focus on men’s divorce in order to have an astute understanding of the challenges you are likely to face as a man and father in the family court system.
They are dedicated to helping men with any divorce issue, including property division, alimony, child custody and child support.
Divorce is a critical life transition and our Madison attorneys are there to help you as you move on to the next chapter of your life.
Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights
Joseph E. Cordell and his wife, Yvonne, founded Cordell & Cordell in 1990 in order to help men level the playing field in family law. The firm has since grown into one of the largest family law firms serving men in the world with more than 100 offices across the country.
The firm expanded internationally in 2015 by opening an office in the United Kingdom.
“Jaimie is very professional – Jaimie knows her stuff, is courteous and responsive and addresses all of my questions to my satisfaction. You have a very good attorney and representative of your firm!”
“Rachel did an awesome job! [She is] very intelligent and knows the law very well. I have no complaints. Everyone made me feel very comfortable, and [I] felt like my case was very important to them. Rachel did an amazing job, helped in every way possible and thought outside the box when necessary. She stayed on top of everything and was very quick to respond to me when I had questions or concerns dealing with my situation. I have no regrets in choosing Cordell and Cordell.”
“I have used Jonathan in the past for my divorce. This is a modification of that, and Jonathan has treated me the exact same way as he did before. He is very professional, knowledgeable, personable, and all around helpful. That’s why I came back to you guys. “
Frequently Asked Madison Divorce Questions
How long do I have to live in Madison to file for divorce?
In order to file for divorce in Madison, you must have lived in the state of Wisconsin for the preceding six months and in Dane County for at least 30 days.
Is there a mandatory waiting period in Madison before a divorce can be granted?
There is a 120-day waiting period for all divorce cases in Wisconsin. This does not necessarily mean that you will be divorced on the 121st day.
Rather, the length of time will depend on a variety of factors including the ability of the parties to resolve issues outside of court and the court’s calendar.
How can I serve my spouse in Madison? If attempts to serve do not work, can I serve by publication?
A summons must be personally served on your spouse and proved either by affidavit of the spouse or the third party server.
If the spouse cannot be personally served with reasonable diligence, a copy of the summons may be left at the spouse’s usual dwelling in the presence of a competent family member at least 14 years of age.
If all else fails, the summons may be published in a newspaper. In Madison, the official newspaper for publication is the Wisconsin State Journal.
In cities of 250,000 people or less, the summons must appear in a publication likely to give notice in that area. If the spouse’s address is known, a copy of the summons and petition should be mailed prior to publication.
What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in Madison?
You will need a Summons (unless joint petition), a Petition, a Confidential Petition Addendum, and an Original Certificate of Divorce or Annulment.
Where do I file for divorce if I live in Madison?
You need to file for divorce at the Dane County Courthouse located at 215 S. Hamilton St., Room 100, in Madison.
How much are filing fees at the Dane County Courthouse?
A Petition without request for maintenance or child support costs $184.50. A Petition with request for maintenance or support costs $194.50.
Are there any Dane County-Specific laws that are different from how other family law cases around the state are handled?
Click the link for Dane County-specific checklists and court documents.