Smartphone apps have become a way of life for many people today. Apps are downloaded daily to play games or browse social networks. However, some couples across the U.S., including Arizona, have turned to the multitude of apps available to look for advice on the divorce process.
Previously, doctors were the ones grumbling about the habits of patients to search symptoms on Google to self-diagnose; now it is the turn of relationship experts. Apps varying from quizzes which encourage users to carefully think about many common questions regarding divorce to an app providing assistance to parents when it comes to discussing divorce with their children. There are even apps providing calculators to assist in the division of assets or calenders to ensure fair child custody arrangements. The question arises — can an app really offer assistance in matters as complex as relationships.
According to a family communication professor at the University of St. Thomas, relationships are just too complex for an app to offer solutions to fighting couples. So although some apps, such as the “Sesame Street Divorce” app which help parents to help their children to deal with divorce, is an excellent app, most of these apps should be used with caution. If knowledgeable people who earn a living leading fighting couples through the maze of divorce often wish they can get some couples to stop fighting, how can an app manage this intricate feat?
Divorce brings about many changes and can require a tremendous amount of adjusting life circumstances. Therefore, couples in Arizona contemplating divorce may find relying on apps to make life-changing decisions regarding divorce may not be the best option. It could be more prudent to research their options under the law rather than consulting a one-dimensional app.
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Don’t leave your life-changing decisions to an app. Our experienced Phoenix divorce attorneys can help. Call the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C. at (480) 820-4771 or toll-free at (888) 352-7725 for a consultation.
Source: startribune.com, Smartphone apps offer help with divorce, but their usefulness is debatable, Katie Humphrey, Feb.21, 2014