How to Get a Certified Copy of Your Divorce Decree in Wisconsin

by Anna Assad

    Unlike a divorce certificate, a divorce decree has more detailed information regarding the terms of your divorce, such as property settlements and child custody arrangements. You can get a certified copy of your decree from the issuing Wisconsin court. The certified decree contains the court's official stamp, indicating the decree matches the papers the court has on file for your case. You'll have to visit the court in person to obtain your certified divorce decree.

    Step 1

    Call the Wisconsin circuit court clerk's office of the family division that granted your divorce. Tell them you need a certified copy of your divorce decree and ask when you can pick it up. It is helpful if you have your case number. Ask what the identification requirements are to obtain your certified divorce decree. Requirements vary by court, but acceptable forms include your state driver's license and your birth certificate. Inquire as to the applicable fee for a certified copy.

    Step 2

    Visit the Wisconsin circuit court clerk's office. Bring the required identification with you. Ask for a certified copy of your divorce decree. Follow the clerk's instructions. You may have to sign a short form.

    Step 3

    Pay the fee. Take the certified copy of the decree the clerk gives you.

    Things Needed

    • Personal identification
    • Certified copy fee

    Tips & Warnings

    • The official website of the Wisconsin court system has a list of circuit court locations by county.
    • You may be able to send your agent to get the copy if you've given another person power of attorney. Contact the court directly to ask what the procedures are for out-of-state retrieval. Policies vary by court and are set by the court's rules.
    • Only parties directly involved in the divorce case, usually just the former couple and their divorce attorneys, can obtain copies of a divorce decree.

    About the Author

    Anna Assad began writing professionally in 1999 and has published several legal articles for various websites. She has an extensive real estate and criminal legal background. She also tutored in English for nearly eight years, attended Buffalo State College for paralegal studies and accounting, and minored in English literature, receiving a Bachelor of Arts.