Divorce: what does administrative dismissal mean?
In family courts in this region (southwestern Wisconsin), cases are dismissed for two reasons. Either the parties have asked for it to be dismissed, or it has lingered for a long time with no action or response from any of the parties as to why, according to Johns, Flaherty & Collins family law attorney Maureen Kinney. The latter would be considered an administrative dismissal.
As to the summons and petition served to the family court commissioner (FCC), Kinney said Wisconsin courts require divorce summons and petitions to be filed in the office of the clerk of courts, with a copy served on the other party. "Because the family court commissioner is considered an adjunct of the court, filing with the court is considered to be the same as serving the family court commissioner," she said.
For more information on Wisconsin family law, contact Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, at 608-784-5678.