Does the judge ask my reason for divorce at the first hearing? Wisconsin is no-fault state
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No, the only standard in WI is whether you believe the marriage is "irretrievably broken" and you do not need to explain why or what happened. The court will just ask if you believe it is irretrievably broken (yes/no answer). If you say yes but the other party says no, the court can still grant the divorce. They only need to know that one party believes that. The court will also go over the same questions on the petition - addresses, being in the county/state, etc. and then review financials and the marital agreement and make sure that each of you understand and agree to the terms. The hearing takes about 10-15 minutes and then the court concludes the case and grants the judgment of divorce.
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