Approximately 25 percent of divorce couples represent themselves in their divorce, which is why a Royal Oak Law Firm has launched Michigan Divorce Helper.
"When people want to represent themselves, they to often go online and buy cheap forms that are confusing," said Randall Pitler of Pitler Family Law, 1212 S. Washington Ave.
Since there are many different websites available, forms may not even be specific to Michigan."What ends up happening is people start online and then they run into hiccups."
To help couples, Pitler, who has been helping divorce couples resolve the issues amicably since 2004, launched a law firm (add hyperlink) that prepares all the needed forms – from beginning to end, and provides detailed instructions on the when, where and what of the divorce process.
"We make it user friendly," Pitler said. "They come in, we prepare the documents and they handle the rest. They go to court on their own. Pay fees on their own, etc., although we do provide unlimited phone support throughout the process.”In Metro Detroit, less than 2 percent of divorces go to trial, so DIY divorces make sense, said Pitler.
"Couples that use Michigan Divorce Helper already have an agreement. We're just drafting the paperwork."
Michigan Divorce Helper is the first unbundled divorce legal service in Michigan. There four pricing options available, depending on your specific situation. Couples meet with an experienced attorney who assists in choosing the best plan.
"There are three things we look at. Are there children? Retirement plans? A house? If you have all three, we really encourage retaining a full-time attorney," Pitler said.
For couples living in Oakland, Wayne or Macomb counties with no children, no real estate and no retirement plans, a plan for a basic uncontested divorce starts at $450.
To learn more, visit michigandivorcehelper.com or call 248-399-5400.