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    Renovating the kitchen, finishing the basement, upgrading flooring – home improvement projects of all shapes and sizes are exciting ways to add new life to your home. Unfortunately, these undertakings can also be stressful, whether you do it yourself or hire contractors. For some couples, their journey to spruce up the nest instead becomes the route to divorce.

    When Home Improvement Goes South

    Breaking up over a home improvement project sounds like the stuff of television comedy-drama. But this kind of occurrence does happen in real life.

    A recent HomeAdvisor survey about how Americans navigate their home improvement projects with their partner has found that this sort of adventure is an important relationship test. Though 67% of couples feel happier or closer to their partner once the project is complete, there are plenty of unfortunate outcomes too:

    • 46% have had to bring in a third party to help mediate
    • 39% regret working on a project with their partner
    • 17% have separated or divorced because of a project

    That means 1 in 5 marriages have ended in separation or divorce – because of a home improvement project. If your relationship is on shaky ground, it might make you think twice about redoing that en suite.

    Factors That Can Ruin a Marriage

    You may not be surprised to learn that the biggest challenge of taking on a home improvement project with a partner, according to the survey, is financial. Nearly 80% of those surveyed identified agreeing to or staying with a budget as the biggest sticking point. It’s no surprise, since financial matters can tank what seems like even the strongest of marriages. Other issues:

    • Having different tastes or styles (43%)
    • Agreeing on a vision (40%)
    • Getting their partner involved (33%)
    • Sticking to a timeline (20%)

    For projects like these – whether big or small – couples want to feel like they’re in it together. Places where they thought they gelled may prove to be not so (from paint color to flooring type). Envisioning this journey as fun and an experience that will bring you closer together could end up with one person leading the charge and the other indifferent, which pushes them away from each other.

    It’s logical to compare these home improvement issues with general relationship issues. If you have different tastes in how you live your lives together, if you disagree on plans and goals, if one of you is more invested than the other, or if you’re on different timelines when it comes to having kids or moving, these problems can tank your marriage, no hammers, nails, or paint brushes needed.

    Just Say No to a DIY Divorce

    A DIY home improvement project can be bad for some marriages. But DIY divorce is a bad idea for every split. Always work with an experienced Michigan divorce lawyer to ensure that someone is fighting for your needs and your future.

    When a marriage is ending, it’s because couples are no longer an ideal pair for each other – they have different opinions, beliefs, thoughts, and visions. Your ex can’t represent your interests and you can’t represent theirs.

    If you are ready to file for divorce, contact Femminineo Attorneys to schedule your free initial consultation.


    What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

    Family Law Expertise

    Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

    Strong Relationships

    We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.


    Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

    We Care

    Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.


    Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.


    Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.


    We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.


    When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

    Expert Staff

    Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.

    Personal Service

    At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

    We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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