FYI divorce essentially means obtaining divorce without any help. Legally speaking, do it yourself divorce is called "Pro se," which is Latin for "on one's own behalf." This is also called the “kitchen table” approach. Both spouses make all agreements and complete all legal documents for their divorce without the assistance of counsel. This approach requires a couple able to work together collaboratively without assistance.
If you can communicate and collaborate with your spouse despite the divorce (and you like to save a lot of money) the answer is yes. But embarking on a do-it-yourself divorce is not without risk. As they say, you don't know what you don't know. Many couples need assistance with identifying issues they must resolve to properly divorce, or need help developing options to reach agreements once they identify the issues to resolve. Once the couple identify the issues and reach agreements, the couple will still be faced with navigating through a court system that is not consumer friendly.
We help DIY couples in two ways. First, if the couple already has an agreement and just wants help with turning that agreement into an official divorce, we can provide low cost legal services to make that happen.
If the couple needs help reaching all the necessary agreements, we are there to help through our mediation services. After we have assisted the couple to reach the needed agreements, we then provide them with the assistance they need with legal forms and hearings to make the divorce official. Our goal is to manage the divorce process for DIY couples until the job is done right.
Contact us to schedule a free consultation about how to get professional help with your DIY divorce. We offer daytime and evening hours to fit your schedule. Our Mount Clemens DIY divorce team works with clients in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County and elsewhere in Southeast Michigan.
Not sure if you're comfortable starting a DIY divorce? We're happy to discuss your situation and assess your options, including divorce in court and out-of-court options for divorce in Michigan, such as mediation and collaborative divorce.