Divorce: There’s an App for That Too
April 1, 2014
Were here at the electronic divorce attorney are not big fans of digitizing personal therapy in an app. Or the divorce process for that matter.
Today’s Freep touted the article Digital Divorce, profiling some nifty digital cell phone apps targeting couples going through a divorce. Ever since a 20-something Minnesota lawyer created a cell phone app 5-years ago that calculates a parent’s child support obligation, we’ve been seeing this kind of thing in droves.
The Freep’s Katie Humphrey notes that there are hundreds of divorce-related apps; some of them even aid spouses with cheating hearts. Go figure.
But just because its now available in an app, does not make the divorce process any easier. Family law attorneys across Waterford & Clarkston warn against substituting experience and professional skills with a self-help app designed by a techie with some minimal knowledge of divorce and family law issues.
Given the complexity of relationships and the divorce process, Ms. Humphrey rightly advises caution when relying on an apps for advice and information. We also agree that most of the divorce-related apps, all with few reviews to offer market insight, are really just digital snake oil.
One of the apps featured in Humphrey’s article, “The Grass is Greener” does seem to hold some value. It is basically a marriage assessment tool, complete with a 39-question quiz spouses take to gain insight into the type of professionals they may need to hire in order to either: a) save their marriage, or; b) navigate the divorce process.
On balance, however, we are not worried that our lawyers will be replaced by apps anytime soon; no sooner than family court judges will be replaced by robots.