Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Family Cases:

Q: What is the filing fee for filing for divorce or legal separation?

A: It is $184.50 when no child support or maintenance is requested. It is $194.50 when child support or maintenance is requested.

Q: If I want to have custody of my children what do I have to do?

A: If both parties agree with the change in custody, the Clerk of Courts has a stipulation packet that both parties fill out and have their signatures notarized. The Form No. FA-604: Stipulation and Order to Amend Judgment for Support/Maintenance/Custody/Placement is available on the forms website. Once that is complete, bring it back to the Marathon County Clerk of Courts Office. It will be forwarded to the judge for approval. After the judge signs the order approving your stipulation and returns it to the Marathon County Clerk of Courts Office, copies will be sent out to both parties.

If you do not agree, the first step is mediation (unless you have been through the process within the last 2 years). If that does not resolve the issues, the Clerk of Courts Office has paperwork (Motion Packet B) that you can fill out and file with the Clerk of Courts Office. The filing fee is $50 and you are required to have the other party personally served.

Q: I need a printout of my child support payments, where can I get that?

A: You may request a printout of your child support payments from the Child Support Online Service.  To sign up for free access go to: https//dcf.wisconsin.gov or you can call the Trust Fund phone number at 800-991-5530 and select Option 1.

Q: What if I am being denied visitation with my children?

A: If court ordered visitation is being denied to you, the Clerk of Courts Office has a form called: Petition to Enforce Physical Placement. The Form Numbers are: FA-609, FA-610 and FA-611 are available on the forms website. Upon completion of those forms, you will obtain a date for a court hearing that will take place within 30 days. There is no charge for the forms or for filing the paperwork

Q: Do you have paperwork for an annulment?

A: The Clerk of Courts Office does not have paperwork for annulment. You will need to contact an attorney.

Q: What if we reached an agreement regarding child support?

A: You can obtain a stipulation form in the Marathon County Clerk of Courts Office that you can complete. The Form No. FA-604: Stipulation and Order to Amend Judgment for Support/Maintenance/Custody/Placement is available on the forms website or you can write up your own agreement on blank paper. Note: notarized signatures are required. The agreement will then be sent to the Child Support Agency for approval and returned to us. If approved, we will forward it to the court for the judge’s approval and signature. Upon receiving the signed order from the judge, we will make copies and mail them to you (make sure we have your current address).

Q: Where do I need to go to get a copy of my divorce judgment and how much will it cost?

A: If you were divorced in Marathon County, you can obtain a copy of your divorce paperwork at the Marathon County Clerk of Court’s Office. The charge is $1.25 per page. However, divorces filed prior to 1986 are kept off-site and not readily available (Off-site file request). If you were divorced in another county, you need to contact the Clerk of Courts Office in that county to obtain your copies.

Q: What do I do if there is a bench warrant out against me for nonpayment of child support?

A: If it is a child support bench warrant, you need to contact the Corporation Counsel’s Office. Their telephone number is: 715/261-1140. They are located in the Marathon County Courthouse; 500 Forest Street – Room #133; Wausau WI 54403.

If you have any other questions you can click the link to the State Bar of Wisconsin (link)