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Family Law FAQ

Family law cases can be notoriously difficult. You need an attorney who will listen to your situation with compassion and understanding. The Law Offices of Thomas Marola​ approaches each case with a fresh perspective. For nearly 50 years, our firm has helped clients work toward a positive future. Below is a list of frequently asked questions for your reference. To set up a free consultation, contact our West Allis office at or fill out our online contact form.

Q: How long will my divorce take?

A: In Wisconsin, there is a mandatory 120-day waiting period. In most cases, it can take between six months and one year to finalize your divorce. It is important to know that it depends on which county your divorce is filed in as well as how complex your case is.

Q: How do I begin divorce proceedings?

A: You must file with the Court a Summons and Petition for Divorce. Your spouse will then be served within 90 days. The spouse can be served by the sheriff’s deputy or when they sign an Admission of Service at either their spouse’s attorney’s office or their attorney’s office. If you and your spouse wish to get a divorce, you can file a Joint Petition for Divorce, which often saves time and money.

Q: Do we have to go to trial?

A: Settlement negotiations, mediation and arbitration are all alternative ways to finalize a divorce. A trial is not necessary. If you and your spouse can agree on all aspects of the divorce, it will typically move things along faster. Regardless of your situation, we will work toward the best possible solution.

Q: How will our property be divided?

A: The court will look at a number of factors, including, the length of the marriage, the earning capacity of each spouse, the age and physical health of each party, as well as a number of other factors. We can help you fight for what you are entitled to.