Free Do-it-Yourself Divorce in Michigan

By Kristine Brite
It's possible to get divorced for free.
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Filing for divorce can be pricey because of filing fees and attorney fees. In Michigan, you can file divorce yourself and petition the court to waive the filing fees. The earliest the divorce can be finalized is 60 days after you file. You don't have to hire an attorney to file for divorce, but an attorney usually is recommended.

Live in Michigan for at least 180 days and in the county you want to file for 10 days, or make sure your spouse meets those requirements. Fill out a petition for an uncontested divorce, the least expensive of all divorces. These forms are available at your local county clerk's office. Once finished with the paperwork, give it to your county clerk. The forms ask for information about the names of both spouses, addresses and the reason for divorce.

Make an appointment with the nearest legal aid office if you'd like free legal help. Getting help depends on your financial situation.

Ask a friend to serve your spouse. This will save you the fee of paying someone to give your spouse the paperwork. You must prove your spouse was served however, so get a notarized statement from your friend. Many times the bank will notarize for free. Instruct your spouse not to answer the serving, making the divorce uncontested. Your spouse and you must agree on custody and financial issues to file an uncontested divorce.

Give proof that your spouse was served to the court. File for indigent status with the courts so you don't have to pay any court costs. This status is based on income and job situation. Fill out any information requested by the county clerk. The application for indigent status will ask for information about your financial status. Prepare copies of your tax return and pay stubs.

Wait 60 days before the judge can rule your divorce final. Keep all paperwork about the ruling.

About the Author

Kristine Brite worked as a community journalist and public relations specialist before moving onto freelance writing. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Indiana University and has six years of professional writing experience.