In 1673 Jacques Marquette discovered the Wisconsin River for France.
However he found that this land was already inhabited by the Algonquian
Indians. After several translations and misspellings, the name
Wisconsin became the land's official name when it became a territory in
Due to misinterpretations, the origins of the Indian name are rather
unknown, though many believe Wisconsin to be mean "red" for the red
stones in the area. After becoming a state Wisconsin began creating its
own laws to govern its citizens. These laws included taxes and gave way
to the current non-taxing of intangible property. Other laws are
designed to fill in where federal laws have not been set. Many of these
include bankruptcy laws, labor laws, divorce laws, expungement laws,
felony conviction laws, gun laws, and drunken driving laws.
In 2005 the federal government created a bankruptcy act that put new
regulations on the national system. This in turn affected each state,
including Wisconsin. The new act sets limitations on who qualifies for
Chapter Seven bankruptcy and for who is eligible for bankruptcy
The Bankruptcy Act was created to decrease the abuse the bankruptcy
system received. Not all applications for bankruptcy will be granted.
Wisconsin currently has two kinds of bankruptcy: Chapter Thirteen
bankruptcy and Chapter Seven bankruptcy. Upon eligibility an individual
will have his or her personal income and debts measured against the
mean of the state of Wisconsin. Depending on where he or she falls
against the state's mean, he or she will be granted either kind of
Each state has different grounds and requirements for filing for
divorce in that state. Wisconsin requires that those filing for
Wisconsin divorces first be state residents for six months or more
before filing. Since the circuit courts of each county have
jurisdiction over divorce, all divorce cases are to be filed to an
individual's county of residency.
Only one individual is required to file and may do so in his or her own
county or that of his or her spouse, if the spouse resides in a
different county. Wisconsin also allows petitions for divorce of those
who are not citizens but have spouses that are current Wisconsin
residents. If a petition is filed to the incorrect county, the case
will be dismissed.
Wisconsin does not have expungement of records. Instead this state has
record sealing where the records are not eliminated but hidden from
public viewing. Normally felony offense records, sexual offense
records, and misdemeanor offense records cannot be sealed. In some
cases misdemeanor records may be sealed if an individual was a juvenile
offender and has completed his or her probation. Despite these reasons
the court may deny a sealing request if it finds it not to be in favor
of the court.
Open carry is illegal in the state of Wisconsin. Concealed weapons are
also illegal, even when individuals have the correct permits. This
includes on a person, in a motor vehicle, in government buildings, on
school property, near an alcohol-serving establishment, and in state
parks. All weapons that are transferred must be unloaded and securely