For those seeking legal counsel, trying to sort out sharing custody of the kids, or even trying to get past the sting of a nasty breakup, AI divorce apps help couples break up in the best way possible.
People These Days Are Getting an AI Divorce. Would You?
The crazy world we currently live in has certainly put many relationships to the test. A rise in divorce rates after the wake of the coronavirus is predicted, and on top of that, the end of summer also usually brings with it a surge in divorce filings.
For those going through a breakup, there can be a lot to handle emotionally and practically. While tech doesn’t have all the answers, it can undoubtedly help to ease some of the strain.
There are many online apps now using AI (artificial intelligence) to help to separate couples, make parenting arrangements (if they have children), and divide their money and property simply.
The apps provide user-friendly ways to resolve co-parenting issues and make arrangements that work for both parties, and which are recorded.
Examples of Inclusive Tools
The AI tech comes into play to help ex-couples divide assets by making suggestions about property based on the information entered into the app. The AI tech applies legal principles to personal circumstances.
If both parties agree on a particular division, they have the option to work out between themselves how that division will be put into effect. For example, if selling the house, can one party buy out the other.
The apps include numerous handy tools for parents raising children separately, together.
Interactive calendar – this could help to determine which parent gets the kids during special occasions, the holidays, or whenever.
Expense log tool – tracks the costs shared, allowing the parent who pays expenses to be reimbursed by the other, for example, school fees. Parents can upload invoices and receipts, and some apps go as far as facilitating the transfer of money, for an added charge.
File log – stores important information such as insurance information, medical histories, emergency contacts, school schedules, etc.
Message board – allows for communication through a secure messenger tool. AI can detect emotionally charged language before messages are sent, kind of like a spell check. This is a great smart filter tool for those who may not exactly be civil to each other and who could get into trouble for disrespectful or obscene exchanges.
Notifications – aiming to avoid as much conflict as possible, parents can send non-trackable notifications to the other parent whenever dropping off or picking up the kids. Also, requests can be made to alter plans, and if an agreement can’t be made, a live on-demand mediator can be requested.
Solo mode – some might have trouble getting their ex even to join the app, so many apps offer a solo mode to take advantage of specific tools.
SMS – messages can be sent via the app but are dispatched from a separate SMS number.
Advantages of AI Divorce Tech
- The US family legal system is overburdened, which results in lengthy delays for families to get a resolution.
- Court proceedings are expensive, costing on average, $15,000 (according to a 2019 survey by Bankrate), but which can cost more than $100,000 if dragged out for years.
- AI divorce apps enable couples to sort out any problems themselves and avoid the court process.
- Allowing couples to have more control over the separation process might make them less likely to be emotionally stressed.
- Their neutrality certainly won’t judge anyone.
Disadvantages of AI Divorce Tech
- Despite having plenty of advantages, AI divorce tools for settling legal disputes come with some setbacks.
- The apps can only go so far to help non-amicable separating couples, particularly those with complex situations.
- Courts will always put a child’s best interest at the forefront of any divorce, but apps may ignore these needs and only reflect on the interests of the parents.
- Not everyone has the technical ability to use the apps to the max, and anyone without access to a smartphone, computer, or internet is disadvantaged.
The apps provide a pathway to a range of support options, information, family violence assistance, legal help, and social support, which is always a good thing. The potential advantages are certainly worth their cost, though no single app is likely to fit the bill for all divorce or co-parenting situations.
Regardless of any supportive tech on offer, it’s best to get legal and financial advice before transferring any assets or debts.
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