There is a rising trend lately in "do it yourself" law. Do it yourself divorces account for a large portion of this trend. The main motivator for this trend is to save money on legal fees. However, in many cases this is actually costing people more money.
The California Family Law Blog has an article on how many try to handle a divorce without an attorney and fail. In some cases this costs the parties even more money to fix. It also lengthens the time that it takes parties to get their divorce finalized.
In Tennessee, the Attorney General recently settled a case with a document preparation company called We The People. The company entered into an agreement with the state to pay $90,000 into a fund that would be distributed to eligible Tennessee consumers.
If you are considering a "do it yourself" divorce, it is a good idea to think about the complexity of your divorce. Do you have children? How long have you been married? Do you own a home? A business? Do you have much debt? All of these things add to the complexity of a divorce. Your divorce may not be as simple as it seems.