Family/Paternity Unit

Unit Contact Information

Family Clerk:  Amber Mann  (920) 683-4036


NOTE:  Effective May 1, 2000, all post-adjudication records for paternity cases filed after May 1, 2000 are open records (after paternity has been established).  Pre-adjudication paternity records are not open public records; they are confidential by statute.  Access to confidential records is limited to parties of the action or counsel of record.  All paternity records filed prior to May 1, 2000 are confidential (pre-adjudication and post-adjudication).


Filing Fees 

$184.50    to commence divorce or legal separation (with no children or no request for
                      spousal support or maintenance)
$194.50    to commence divorce or legal separation (with children or request for spousal
                      support or maintenance)
$  30.00    post-judgment motion revising judgment (for child support or matters other 
                      than custody or placement)

$  50.00    post-judgment motion revising judgment (affecting custody or placement)

Also see Circuit Court Filing Fees for additional fees


Petition for Waiver of Fees and Costs (GF-410A) and Order on Petition for Waiver of Fees
and Costs
(GF-410B)  While the Court may make an initial determination of indigency as it pertains
to waiver of the filing and service fees for an action, pursuant to s.814.29(2), Wis. Stats., the Court is
authorized to reassess indigency status after the action has been filed and may require payment of
the filing fee or service fees if the petitioning party no longer meets indigency requirements.  Further,
s.814.29(3)(a), Wis. Stats., provides a remedy for recovering costs from the opposing party if a
judgment is entered in favor of the party who petitioned for waiver of the fees.  Upon conclusion of
an action, the Court will review any indigency status and make an appropriate determination, by
Court order, as to the requirement of payment of any fees previously waived. 


Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Resources

Confidential GAL Reports
Order Designating Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Reports as Confidential (Eff. 05-14-2014).

GAL Addendum
Addendum to Order Appointing GAL
(rev. 3-13-17).

Waiver of GAL Deposit Requirement
Petition and Order for the waiver of the GAL deposit requirement.  A waiver only pertains to the deposit
requirement....once a GAL submits actual billing for services rendered, the parties will be allocated
responsibility for payment of the bill by the Court.  Payment plans are available to pay the balance in
monthly installments. Statutory interest will be charged on any unpaid balance until paid in full.

Order for Payment of GAL Fees  (rev. 4-25-18)
Effective January 20, 2015, this form will be required for all Petitions for Payment of GAL Fees
in Manitowoc County. The form is a password protected Word fillable form. Payment plans are
available to pay the balance in monthly installments. Statutory interest will be charged on any
unpaid balance until paid in full. The GAL billing rate is $100.00/hr. (effective 1-1-17). 
IRS Form W-9 required to be on file for Comptroller to make payment.

Domestic Abuse Guidebook for Wisconsin Guardians ad Litem
Addressing Custody, Placement and Safety Issues (159 pages)


Denovo Review

Motion and Notice for New (DeNovo) Hearing(FA-4130V) when a party is dissatisfied with the decision
of the Family Court Commissioner, they can request a new hearing before the circuit court judge assigned
to the case, on the same issues.  Local court rule requires request for de novo review to be made no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of the Order of the Family Court Commissioner.


Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law & Judgment

To comply with the Clerk's statutory requirement under Wis. Stats. s.767.36, Manitowoc County's policy
is to mail a copy of the divorce judgment to the petitioner and respondent, regardless of whether or not
the parties are e-filing parties.


Attorney Fees Awarded in a Family Case

If an attorney is awarded attorney fees in a family case and the party does not pay as ordered, it will be
necessary for the attorney to file a new small claims or civil action in order to commence garnishment
actions for collection of those attorney fees.  A garnishment can be "added" to a civil action between parties,
however, an attorney who is awarded fees is not a party to the FA action.


Forms/Documents/Procedures

Child Support Information  (link to Wisconsin Dept. of Children and Families On-line Services)

Manitowoc County Family Court Forms  (link to Manitowoc County Family Court Commissioner's website) 

Divorce/Annulment Worksheet (F-05080) vital statistics form 

Abridgement Regarding Surname (FA-4133V) certification by the court as to the right to use
a former legal surname

Process Service Information (FA-5000V) describes common methods of service available and
service time limits
Admission of Service (FA-4119V) for use when a party voluntarily admits service of documents 
Affidavit of Service (FA-4120V) for use when a third party serves documents on a party
Affidavit of Mailing (FA-4121V) for use to document mail service of documents upon a party

Affidavit of Efforts to Serve Respondent (FA-4184V)  for petitioner to document efforts made to serve the
respondent to justify performing service by publication
Publication Summons (FA-4122V) to provide notice by publication in a newspaper to a respondent who 
cannot be served personally of the existence of an action for divorce or legal separation
Publication Affidavit of Mailing (FA-4123V) when service by publication is done as a last resort, a Publication
Affidavit of Mailing must also be mailed to the respondent at his/her last known address

Dismissal and Suspension (FA-5006V)
Procedural information to follow regarding dismissal or suspension of divorce/legal separation action
Stipulation Dismissing Divorce/Legal Separation  (FA-4143VA)
Order Dismissing Divorce/Legal Separation  (FA-4143VB)
Both of these forms (Stipulation and Order) are used when both parties agree to dismiss or end the pending divorce/legal separation action.  If the parties choose to dismiss the action and later choose to divorce or legally separate, they must file a new action and pay the required filing fee again.
Stipulation Suspending Proceedings to Effect Reconciliation  (FA-4144VA)
Order Suspending Proceedings to Effect Reconciliation  (FA-4144VB)
Both of these forms (Stipulation and Order) are used when both parties agreed to suspend (put on hold) the divorce/legal separation action, for up to 90 days.  If a temporary order is in effect, all orders are also suspended.  
Motion to Revoke Suspension of Proceedings to Effect Reconciliation  (FA-4145VA)
Order to Revoke Suspension of Proceedings to Effect Reconciliation (FA-4145VB)
Either party may request, at any time during the suspension, to end the suspension and continue/proceed with the divorce/legal separation action.  Both of these forms (Motion and Order) get filed and a copy needs to be mailed to the other party.  All temporary orders previously entered by the court will be reinstated.

Relocating with Minor Children  (Manitowoc County FCC procedural information)
Outlines procedure for relocating minor children more than 100 miles from the other parent (for court orders entered or modified after 4-5-18)
Motion to Relocate with Minor Children (FA-4178V)
Request to relocate and establish a residence with minor child more than 100 miles from residence of other party
Objection to Relocate with Minor Children and Motion to Change Placement and/or Custody (FA-4179)
Objection to request to relocate and establish a residence with minor child ore than 100 miles from residence of other party

More Family Forms (wicourts.gov) forms are available in both PDF and Word format; also view Form Summaries for brief description of purpose and use of the form.


Links

Manitowoc County Local Court Rules   (for county specific family procedure information)
FAQs  (Manitowoc County FCC link)

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