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High-tech divorces: Are they right for you?

There are many Minnesota couples who are going through a difficult time in their marriage and share similar feelings of jealously, dissatisfaction, anger or resentment. However, every couple is unique in why they feel what they feel, and to what extent these emotions affect their relationship. No two marriages are the same, which is why the process of getting divorced can be so challenging. 

In order to make this process easier, one company has developed software that is intended to structure a divorce using technology and science. But is this option right for you?

The company is called Wevorce and founders say that their software is aimed at helping couples navigate the divorce process using technology. The product is said to utilize "divorce architects" to support couples going through a divorce in a more efficient manner, and the company recently got a substantial amount of funding.

The development of the product is certainly interesting; however it does not come without critics. In this day and age, it can be easy to rely on technological templates and electronic prompts to get through difficult and confusing situations. And while these solutions may be relatively effective for cases that have few or no significant issues to consider, including kids, investments or property division, it may not be appropriate for couples who do have to consider these things.

A divorce is an emotional and sometimes contentious experience, no matter how simple it may seem at first. There are details that couples may not understand or want to think about during the divorce process because they are too overwhelming, such as taxes, duration of alimony and child custody. And it cannot be overstated that every relationship and every divorce is different. An agreement that is right for one couple may not be effective for another, even if they are in similar situations.

In many cases, having the support of an attorney can provide spouses with the flexibility and resources they need to get through a difficult time when many people need a person to talk to and someone to protect their best interests. And although it may seem appropriate to buy a product in the hopes that it will make a difficult experience easier, the fact is that technology is not always an appropriate substitute for personal support and interaction.

Source: TechCrunch.com, "Divorce Gets $1.7 Million To Use Technology To Make Divorce Less Messy," Colleen Taylor, Nov. 21, 2013

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