Is Wisconsin a no-fault state, or do I need grounds for a divorce?
Wisconsin is a no-fault divorce state. This means that neither you nor your spouse are required to prove that the other is “at fault” in order to be granted a divorce. Proof of factors such as infidelity, cruelty, or desertion are not necessary to obtain a divorce in Wisconsin. The only requirement is that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
If either party testifies that the marriage is irretrievably broken, that testimony is generally sufficient for the court to grant the divorce. If one party testifies that the marriage is not irretrievably broken, the court will generally nevertheless grant the divorce, based on the premise that a marriage cannot continue if one party wants out of the marriage.