It goes without saying, if you have a lot of marital assets, a high conflict marriage and a history of domestic violence that you should and would be better served to hire a divorce attorney. There are situations though where couples can navigate smoothly through the divorce process without the benefit of a divorce attorney and in such situations save themselves a bit of money.
- Your marriage is short-term, there are no children and very few assets or possessions to divvy up.
- If your spouse is missing in action, you know he/she will not respond to a divorce filing it is safe to file on your own without a divorce attorney. If a spouse is long gone, has shown no interest in marital property for a long period of time then they will probably not be concerned with whether or not you are divorcing them.
- If you and your spouse are able to come to an agreement pertaining to marital assets or child custody and support you can file all paperwork with your local court clerk on your own. No need for a divorce attorney.
One caveat, if you decide to "do it yourself" please familiarize yourself with your state's divorce laws and procedures. Even if you don't use an attorney you need to have an understanding of the laws and how to file with the appropriate court.