Technology has brought amazing improvements to many areas of our lives. From medicine to education, shopping to communications, the impact of technological advancement is difficult to overstate. That said, there are still many areas where technology cannot quite replace human expertise. Divorce provides a fine example, even as several companies are marketing divorce applications that can be accessed from smartphones and promise to make the end of an Arizona marriage both simple and inexpensive.
One company is selling a package that gives a divorcing couple 30 minutes of videoconferencing with a divorce mediator for just $749. Another is promoting a full package of all necessary divorce paperwork, as well as online service and filing, for a fee that ranges from $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the complexity of the divorce. Yet another is selling a package that includes a 30 minute phone consultation for just under $1,000.
What all of these offers miss is the fact that only a very small percentage of divorce cases are suited for this type of do-it-yourself package deal. If a couple has absolutely no assets, does not share children and agrees upon the division of personal property then a paperwork-only approach might work. However, as soon as the parties have a difference of opinion on child custody, property division or any other significant issue, the matter requires the attention of a legal professional.
The desire to save money on divorce costs is completely understandable, as is the belief that technology might offer a workable solution. It is important to remember, however, that technology is not always adept at handling interpersonal matters. When it comes to saving money on divorce, Arizona couples may be better served by taking steps to be efficient within the legal process than trying to use their phones to handle one of the most impactful events within their lives.
Source: CNBC, "Up next: Swipe right for a divorce", Jessica Dickler, March 6, 2016