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Chapter 770 Wisconsin State Statues

One or both domestic partners may terminate the domestic partnership by filing a completed Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership form within the county where the Declaration of Domestic Partnership was issued. The notice must be signed by one or both domestic partners and notarized. Identification and the certified copy of the Declaration of Domestic Partnership must be presented.

 

If only one of the domestic partners is signing, that individual must also file an Affidavit of Notification of Intent to Terminate a Domestic Partnership stating either of the following:

  • That the other domestic partner has been served in writing (Summons):

Or

  • Provide notice by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the residence most recently shared by the domestic partners is located. The notice need not be published more than one time. The filing partner must post the notice 20 days prior to submitting the Affidavit of Notification of Intent to Terminate a Domestic Partnership to the County Clerk. A sample of the published notice is available from the County Clerk.

The Affidavit of Notification of Intent to Terminate a Domestic Partnership form can be picked up in the County Clerk's Office.

FEE

The fee for a Termination of Domestic Partnership is $100.00 CASH ONLY.

FILING OF THE CERTIFICATE

The domestic partner(s) shall submit the Certificate of Termination of Domestic Partnership to
the Register of Deeds of the county in which the declaration of Domestic Partnership is recorded. The Register of Deeds shall record the certificate and forward the original to the state registrar
of vital statistics.

The termination of a domestic partnership is effective 90 days after the Certificate of Termination of Domestic Partnership is recorded at the Register of Deeds office.

If a party to a domestic partnership enters into a marriage that is recognized as valid in this state, the domestic partnership is automatically terminated on the date of the marriage.

WHERE TO APPLY FOR TERMINATION OF DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP

If the Declaration for Domestic Partnership was filed in Racine County, you may apply for termination of domestic partnership at the following location:

Racine County Courthouse
County Clerk’s Office – 1ST Floor
730 Wisconsin Avenue
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

The County Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; however, the application process must be started by 4:00 p.m. If you have any further questions regarding the application for termination of domestic partnership, please call the County Clerk’s Office at 636-3482.

 

Wendy M. Christensen
Racine County Clerk