Although you have the right to represent yourself, there are certain significant risks and responsibilities associated with that right. Before starting a divorce on your own, you should explore the risks and determine if you can fulfill the responsibilities of proceeding without an attorney. Many people find that when they represent themselves under certain complicated circumstances, they eventually need to hire an attorney to “fix” some mistakes.
The following information and forms will help you file and complete a divorce without the help of an attorney. It is strongly recommended, however, that you at least consult with an attorney to discuss the legal issues involved in a divorce action. Court staff cannot give legal advice. If you need to know “the best way” to go about getting what you want, you must seek the advice of an attorney.
- Before completing the forms, you should first read the Fond du Lac County Family Court Handbook and all instructions carefully and completely.
- It is recommended that you make a copy of the blank forms so you will have an extra blank copy should you make a mistake.
- Type or print the forms clearly and legibly with black ink.
Forms for Divorce / Paternity / Custody / Placement / Child Support: