Milwaukee County Courts
 

Civil Court

Large Claims, Small Claims, Family and Paternity 

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The Civil Division of the Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court processes cases for the civil and family courts in Milwaukee County. Cases include matters regarding small claims (for amounts less than $10,000), large claims, garnishments, restraining orders, divorce, paternity, state tax liens and satisfactions.

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Large Claims

Large claims are claims for money in excess of $10,000 or tort claims in excess of $5,000. Large claims have to be personally drafted. If you are representing yourself and do not have a lawyer, and wish to file a large claims motion, you are required to draft your own documents.

Notice of Motion and Motion to Reopen (Large Claims)


Small Claims

You can use the Wisconsin Court System eCourts website to assist you in filling out forms for a variety of legal issues. You can use the site to start a new small claims action or update the complaint of an existing small claims action. In addition, you can respond to a small claims action that has been filed against you.

Types of small claims actions

The most common types of small claims cases are:

  • Claim for money: civil actions where the amount claimed is $10,000 or less, if the actions or proceedings are for money judgments or garnishment of wages
  • Torts/Personal Injury: civil actions where the amount claimed is $5,000 or less
  • Actions for eviction, regardless of the amount of back rent that is claimed
  • Actions for replevin (return of personal property) if the property claimed is $10,000 or less

Less common types of small claims cases are:

  • Action on an arbitration award for the purchase of real estate
  • Return of earnest money for the purchase of real estate
  • Eviction action due to foreclosure

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Divorce and Legal Separation

Divorces and legal separations are filed in the county you currently reside, not where you were married.

To file for divorce in Milwaukee County, at least one of the parties must:

  • Be a resident of the State of Wisconsin for at least the six months immediately before the date the action is filed
  • Be a resident of Milwaukee County for at least the 30 days immediately before the date the action is filed

To file for legal separation in Milwaukee County, at least one of the parties must:

  • Be a resident of Milwaukee County for at least the 30 days immediately before the date the action is filed
     

Learn more by reviewing the Milwaukee County Basic Guide to Divorce/Legal Separation (FA-4100).

File forms and get online help using the Wisconsin Court System Family Law Forms Assistant.

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Other Civil Court Services

Amortization of Debt (Chapter 128)

For step-by-step instructions on how to file, general information and help finding a lawyer, visit the Milwaukee Justice Center.

Name Change

For step-by-step instructions on serving papers, general information and help finding a lawyer, visit the Milwaukee Justice Center.

Correct/Amend Vital Records

Fill out the form, sign it, and take it and any supporting documents to Room 104 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse to file.

Court Order to Amend a Wisconsin Birth Certificate

MILWAUKEE COUNTY CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURTS

901 N. 9th Street, Room 104
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
(414) 278-4190

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

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