In the 21st century, there’s no denying that the smartphone rules supreme.
From managing our emails and managing our daily schedules, to snapping and storing photographs, the average mobile does a lot of multi-tasking nowadays. Not only that, but the plethora of apps available also lets users track their movements, analyse their menstrual cycles, and crush candy to their heart’s content.
As the saying goes, “there’s an app for that”. So it should come as no surprise to learn that you can now you can now download your very own DIY divorce counsellor., which vows to help you and your partner to work through your irreconcilable differences in an amicable and emotionally mature way.
Amicable – otherwise known as your ‘divorce reimagined’ – was created by Kate Daly, after she went through a particularly nasty split of her own.
Promising to be the “faster, fairer, fixed-price way to separate”, the app’s website explains: “The average cost of sorting out your finances using a lawyer is over £8,000 per person.
“Using amicable to divorce costs £950 each, and supports your family.”
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While lawyers tend to focus on individual, increased acrimony, the amicable divorce app’s primary goal is to use their “relationship knowledge” and provide support for your family.
It combines emotional support with “friendly” legal advice, and even provides the tools to do all the administration required to get you and your soon-to-be former spouse to the point where you can apply to a court to be legally separated.
This includes disclosing assets and agreeing how they will be shared, as well as new living and co-parenting arrangements – and it’s all said to be far cheaper than doing it through lawyers.
Daly and her co-creator, Pip Wilson, explain: “We created amicable after Kate’s traumatic and expensive divorce. The cost and the emotional damage of involving lawyers was a huge shock.
“The world needed a solution that put families first and helped parents remain on good terms… our solution is amicable.”
Hmm. We’re not sure about you, but seeing the word ‘amicable’ used so many times in has rendered it all but meaningless.
However the goal is an admirable one – and presumably inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s decision to ‘consciously uncouple’ rather than ‘divorce’.
Speaking to Marie Claire Australia, Paltrow said of their harmonious split: “I think we are better as friends than we are [married]. We are very close and supportive of one another.”
She added: “It hasn’t always been easy for us because you have good days and bad days as you do in life with anything, but I feel lucky because Chris has been willing to push himself for the sake of the kids and help me co-create this new family.
“It’s like we are still a family, but not a couple.”