There are with out a doubt certain situations when someone does not need the help of an attorney to assist them in obtaining a divorce, but because the paperwork is so confusing, they feel that they have no other choice. Some counties, like Pinellas County, are instituting "self-help" computers at the courthouse so people can file simple divorces, as well as small claim proceedings. In addition, they provide affordable legal advice so that people can get some simple legal questions answered prior to filing their paperwork. I think that this is a wonderful idea and may help people do something on their own, rather than pay an attorney when they really don't need one.
If you would like to read about the Pinellas County program, see the following article: