If you are or were divorced in Madison or any other city or county in the State of Wisconsin either you, if unrepresented, or your attorney assisted the court in preparing a Wisconsin Divorce Certificate. It is required that in all divorces in Wisconsin the Clerk of Court in which you are divorced submits to the Department of Health Service, Bureau of Vital Statistics, a Divorce Certificate.
The information is used for many reasons. First, it is a recorded document, just as is a marriage certificate, signifying that you are divorced. In Wisconsin and in most states, there are time limits filing a divorce in which you can legally remarry. One way of tracking whether someone is violating this requirement is to keep track of both marriage certificates and divorce certificates.
Although there is a procedure to receive a copy, either certified or non-certified of your Divorce Certificate, it is likely you will never need to make the request.
The Bureau of Vital Statistics tracks the number of divorces and compiles yearly records by both state wide and county wide divorces. According to the Wisconsin Marriages and Divorces, April 2011, there were a total of 17,285 divorces in Wisconsin in 2010. This is a divorce rate of 3.0 per 1,000 total population which is slightly higher than the previous year. For every 1.7 marriages in Wisconsin there is 1 divorce as of 2010. This ratio has been falling ever since 1920 when it was 9.2 to 1. The last report was in 2000 at which time there were 2.1 marriages for every 1 divorce.
Although Milwaukee County had the highest number of divorces ( 2,341), it also had the highest number of marriages (4,228). Dane County, Wisconsin, was second in the State of Wisconsin with 1,490 divorces.
Fifty-three percent of all Wisconsin divorces in 2010 involved families with children under 18 years of age. Among those divorces involving children, there was an average of 1.8 children affected by each divorce. It was interesting to note that Menominee County had no divorces or annulments in 2010.
As you can see, marriages are declining in number of the years and divorces are increasing. Should you, a friend or a family member have questions about divorce or how to protect your children from divorce whether it be in Madison, Dane County or surrounding communities please contact the experienced family law attorneys at Krueger Hernandez & Thompson SC for a free, no obligation consultation.