We have two children that we care for equally with no issues. Tried the "do it yourself "way by going down and filing on own but got frustrated with second half of paperwork. Besides being still legally married we have moved on with separate live and still co-parent with no problems. I myself am low income and don't have the money
You would have to get in touch with your local bar association and request the necessary forms and try to fill them out and then submit them to the court. They will let you know if the papers need revisions.
If the two of you agree on everything, the best way to get this done is for one of you to hire an family law attorney to draft the papers and walk you through the process. While an attorney can only represent one of you, there is no problem if there is agreement between the two of you on all issues. I have done this many times. You can even agree that the party not hiring the attorney will reimburse the party who does hire the attorney some portion of the cost.
It would seem you started an action and such action needs to be completed. As the out-of-state lawyer suggested, seek assistance from the local bar association at a local clinic and/or a family law clinic at the Marquette Law School. The State Bar of Wisconsin has a referral service, the forms you need to complete the dissolution are on line. The statement "got frustrated with second half of paperwork" suggests it might be worth a few hundred dollars to obtain assistance from a qualified, licensed attorney with knowledge of family law than to go another 6 years without appropriate resolution. Much is at stake in a community property state. Good luck.
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