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Can a mobile phone app help with your divorce?

In today's fast-paced technological society, we are increasingly demanding instant access to a variety of services through the use of cellphone apps. Whether a Florida resident wants to order a cab or a pizza, apps have the answer for many of life's problems. Now, industry experts are saying that the development of a divorce app may have a significant impact on the way that Florida courts decide family law issues such as alimony and child custody.

Although some legal professionals are skeptical about the usefulness of such a divorce app, technology is decidedly intent on invading the realm of family law. One of these offerings, known as "The Grass is Greener," provides a quiz-like structure that prompts users to think through several critical divorce topics. Other apps provide information about breaking the news to the kids, along with calculation tools for splitting assets and scheduling visitation.

Although divorce apps have definitely become more common in recent years, experts say it is difficult to estimate how many people actually benefit from their use. In fact, most of these divorce apps have so few reviews that it may be difficult to determine their credibility. Like a health-related app, these divorce programs may provide generalized information that does not pertain to every individual case.

Florida couples who are considering divorce may start by looking at an app, but the assistance of a family law attorney may be beneficial after those initial steps. An experienced lawyer may provide additional information about your alimony and child custody options, along with a variety of other topics.

Source: The Journal News, "Considering divorce? There's an app for that" Katie Humphrey, Mar. 23, 2014

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