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Cutting Costs When Doing Your Own Divorce in Michigan

When you are on a mission to divorce for the least amount of money, preparing and filing your own divorce papers is your best option. 3StepDivorce for Michigan is for the DIY plaintiff who wants to eliminate legal fees because their divorce is uncontested. The saving mentality should not stop there. Of course legal fees can make up the bulk of the expense in most divorces, but when filing yourself there are also other ways to save.

The More Organized Your Are the Better

Your goal is to have all of your required Michigan paperwork in order and at your fingertips so you arenโ€™t running around trying to locate things. Making unnecessary or multiple trips to the courthouse for filing because you forgot something will not only lengthen the filing process, but adds to the gas expense and potential time off of work. Be sure to keep a written journal of the date and document names and when it was filed. Keeping all of your documents with the journal in a binder or folder is highly recommended. Many documents look a lot alike and you may have several versions of the same documents, especially the Marital Settlement Agreement if you and your spouse passed it back and forth in the negotiation phase. There is nothing wrong with keeping older versions of the MSA for reference, just make sure you keep them in chronological order. Try not to staple your documents together if they are multiple pages. The clerk will prefer it to be paper clipped.

Notarizing Michigan Divorce Paperwork

You may be able to save on the cost of notary fees if you check with your bank or where you work. Some companies have in-house notaries and banks often offer a notary service for free to customers who have a checking account. If you do have to go to a Michigan licensed notary public, call ahead of time to get their fees. A Notary either charges per page or per document and this could easily mean a savings of $20 - $30. The Financial Affidavit for each spouse and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act Affidavit as well as the Marital Settlement Agreement are those documents that typically must be notarized. You are looking at 2 or 3 documents for each spouse.

Make sure you have your state issued photo identification with you when you go to the Notary. When you have your documents notarized, you will be asked for proof of identity and if you do not have your identification, you will have pretty much wasted your time making the trip.

Getting Divorce Filing Fees Waived in Michigan

Plaintiffs that can prove they are not capable of paying the court filing fee associated with the divorce paperwork can have the fees permanently or temporarily waived. The divorce filing fee in Michigan is around $300 (will vary from county to county). The court may suspend or waive the filing fees for a person receiving public assistance. If you are unable to pay, you can file a waiver/suspension of fees and costs by filing the one-page Filing Fee Waiver Request, based on inability to pay. The request shows the assets and liabilities of the plaintiff by which the court decides to grant or deny the waiver or request.

Paying Taxes When You Get Divorced

Good planning can save money when it comes to paying taxes in the wake of divorce. Filing jointly for the last year of their marriage is a common approach. Many spouses find that filing jointly is favorable versus each filing as single status. Often filing singly puts each spouse into a different tax bracket than if they file jointly, and it is usually more beneficial for a married couple to file. Also, something to keep in mind is one spouse who files head of household (when you have minor children) takes the deduction for the children; the other parent does not benefit from any childcare deductions.

Filing Court Papers by Mail

If you are out of state or live a good distance from the courthouse, you may want to consider filing your divorce by mail. This is not the most common method or the one that we suggest, but under certain circumstances or situations it makes the most sense economically. Your Michigan court will have specific mail in procedures that you must follow, so be sure to stick to them closely to eliminate any delays. A certain number of copies of the documents along with self addressed envelopes and the filing fee is what can typically be expected.

Inexpensive Service of Process for a Michigan Divorce

It is always best for your spouse to sign the Answer and Waiver document and file it with the courts. This documents acknowledges the divorce and eliminate the need to professional service of the documents. If you do have to formally serve your spouse, having a friend or other person 18 years or order who is not involved in the case, would be next. Mailing the paperwork certified mail would be the next least expensive way to serve the divorce paperwork to your spouse. Make sure you have the paperwork marked certified mail, restricted delivery and get the return receipt signed. If you must hire a process server, make sure you call around to get their fees.

Getting Legal Questions Answered in Michigan

If you find yourself in need of some legal questions answered, Michigan Legal Help is an option. This does not mean you abandon doing your own divorce, far from it; you simply need a question or two answered you have a reasonably priced resource. If you contact the Michigan Legal Help agency, they cannot offer you legal advice, however, they may be able to point you in the right direction to get an answer to your question. This way you can move forward with doing your own divorce with peace of mind. Also, answers can often be found by doing a simple search online.

Divorce Mediation for Michigan

If you and your spouse find yourselves in a bit of a dispute over an issue, you can always hire a Michigan mediator to help you resolve the issue. The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals is an association of the Premier Michigan Meditators. You can learn more at http://www.nadn.org/michigan-mediators. Hiring a mediator does not preclude you from doing your own divorce in Georgia, contrary, it helps you to keep your costs down from hiring a lawyer and still have a neutral third party help you overcome any disputes you seem to come across. You are still filing the paperwork on your own that does not change. A mediator will only offer unbiased help on those unresolved issues.

A Simple Divorce Process
Step 1 See if you qualify & create account!
Step 2 Answer the questions at your own pace.
Step 3 Print, sign and file your divorce forms with your local court (instantly review & print your forms online or have them sent US Priority Mail at no additional charge).

START HERE

Only $299 (flat-fee)

or 2 monthly payments of $157
or 3 monthly payments of $109
or 4 monthly payments of $84
Payment Options Do Not Delay Divorce
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100% Guarantee of Court Approval
or Your Money Back
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