Appily ever…Divorced?

By: Gina Mason

There seems to be an app for just about everything these days and it is astounding how apps keep popping up everywhere for all things big and small. Banking? There’s an app for that. Taxis on demand? There is an app for that. Need to repel mosquitos? There is an app for that. Need a divorce? Yes, I said it, divorce. There soon will be an app for that too.

Some of you may be a little confused on how exactly you can get a divorce through an app, I know I was when I saw the headline! When I stumbled upon this app called Wevorce my first reaction was, “What is this world coming to?” My second reaction was, “Wow! Sadly, there will probably be a lot of people who will use this app!” because unfortunately, the numbers on marriage and divorce don’t lie.

According to this infographic, 50% of all marriages in the US end in divorce. Also, there is one divorce every 13 seconds, 6,646 divorces per day and 46,523 divorces per week. So with the number of divorces on the rise in America and our newly developed need for instantaneous results, Venturebeat came up with the latest creation of Wevorce.

As many of you know, divorces can not only be expensive, but also incredibly taxing on the parties involved. Wevorce “helps couples divorce amicably with the help of our web-based technology and a community of trained attorneys, counselors and other experts.”

The website goes on to explain that, “Unlike the traditional two-attorney system, with Wevorce both spouses are guided by a single attorney-mediator known as a Wevorce Architect. When needed, you will be joined by co-parenting and financial experts to help untangle even your biggest challenges. These experts work together seamlessly, with the help of technology, to provide the support you need at every step.” Not to mention, this all can be done on your computer, smartphone or tablet. How convenient!

Although the official app has not been released yet, users will have to pay a flat fee (which is agreed upon up front) for their divorce based on their needs (i.e. parent planning, financial mapping, mediation, etc.) Also, this app seems like it is going to be much more cost effective, as it eliminates attorney fees and you will be able to walk away from the divorce with all of the legal paperwork they need.

Obviously, there is a huge market for apps like this and if it is as cost-effective and stress-free as it claims, it could be very successful. I am really interested to see how things go for this app once it is released and to see how it is perceived by the public. Will this app be taken seriously and will people actually use it for divorce?

What is your reaction to this app? Do you think it will be a hit or a bust? If you were to get a divorce (let’s hope not) would you consider using this app?

One other point that I would like to bring up is privacy. Do you feel secure posting this very imitate and private information about your marriage, finances and children online?

Either way, I think this app is incredibly interesting because our society has shifted to doing everything via some type of technology. I think this app will be a great test to see how our society is going to evolve in the coming years.

As always, I welcome your comments and if you like what you read be social and share.

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