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DIY DivorceDivorce can be an expensive process, so it’s only natural that people look for ways to trim costs. But rather than cutting back on spending or editing the monthly budget in order to save money and adjust to a more modest lifestyle, many individuals choose to embark on a do-it-yourself (DIY) divorce in an effort to avoid attorney fees. It is possible to file your divorce paperwork on your own and complete the process without an attorney’s help. Will it be easy? No. Is it recommended? Absolutely not.

DIY Divorce: Something Will Always Be Wrong

The first mistake of a DIY divorce is putting your trust in the internet. There is no shortage of websites offering downloads of the paperwork you need to file for a divorce, along with low, affordable prices and claims that you can complete your divorce paperwork “in minutes.”

But what happens when your paperwork isn’t exactly right? What if you forget to complete something? You’ll be sent home from court, which is a waste of your time, your eventual ex’s time, and, most especially, the judge’s time. New hearing dates will have to be set, and there’s no guarantee that you’re going to get the paperwork right the next time because you don’t have anyone guiding you about the proper forms and motions.

Who Are You Up Against?

The DIY divorce method is, understandably, tempting. No one wants to go through the stress and anguish of a divorce that takes years to complete. But you have to look out for yourself in a divorce, no matter how amicable things may seem to be at the start. And if it’s difficulty you want to avoid, the DIY method is only going to complicate the situation.

If you choose the DIY route and your spouse has legal representation, you are – to be frank – going to get slaughtered in the courtroom. An experienced lawyer knows when and how to object properly, which means you may not even get to tell your side of the story in front of the judge. You may have plenty of grievances against your soon-to-be ex-spouse, but no knowledge or understanding of the right ways to express your complaints.

Worst of all, if you do manage to complete the necessary paperwork, you may get the “speedy” divorce you wanted, but it could be at your own expense. Without an attorney to explain the fine print to you, you may agree to terms you don’t actually want and give in to certain demands only to discover later that you were stripped of certain rights and entitlements.

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The Limitations of a DIY Divorce

The DIY divorce websites will convince you that you’re the right candidate for a DIY divorce if you and your spouse are in agreement about things like child support, parenting time, spousal support, and division of property. They’ll tell you that if you are a good researcher and have the time to gather the proper documentation and do the reading necessary to understand your state’s laws, that it will only be a matter of filling out paperwork and following through with court filings and court appearances.

Divorce isn’t meant to be easy. There is a tremendous amount of documentation that has to occur. What do you really know about discovery, complaints, counter-complaints, and Friend of the Court recommendations?

And that fair and reasonable divorce or conscious uncoupling? It could go south at any moment, inside or outside of a courtroom. You will be in the throes of an incredibly emotional and charged situation – can you step away from it and make logical and accurate choices to protect yourself, your children, and your assets?

In Divorce Cases, Experience Matters

Before you attempt to embark on a DIY divorce, ask yourself how much you know about the regulations of the state of Michigan and your particular county. Attorneys spend years in law school because there is, simply enough, so much to know. And understanding the intricacies of the law is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to divorce. Divorce law is a multi-layered subject that varies by state, region, and situation.

Even a “quickie” divorce takes time, knowledge, and thoroughness that only an experienced attorney can offer. Working with Femminineo Attorneys, you can trust that you will be in good hands. We know the ins and outs of no-fault Michigan divorces (which, in some cases, do include a fault – do you know how situations like infidelity and addiction can still affect the dissolution of your marriage?).

We are in Macomb County courtrooms and before Macomb County judges on a daily basis. We understand what’s expected in court so that your divorce gets handled properly. Contact Femminineo Attorneys in Mt. Clemens, MI, to schedule your no-cost initial interview and get answers to your divorce questions.

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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