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Divorce App - helping married couples decide their future?

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When a relationship breaks down, the decision to divorce is often one of the most difficult decisions a couple has to make, particularly where there are children involved.

A group of family lawyers have recently launched a £9.99 divorce app, which is designed to provide a comprehensive guide to divorce in England and Wales. It is intended to inform people about divorce, make them think carefully about their decision and encourage people to try and work things out.

The app has sparked a great deal of debate amongst family practitioners, with some believing that it may persuade people to fight to save their marriage. The more sceptical have questioned whether such a casual approach to a sensitive topic may trivialise divorce.

Whilst the app may certainly be of use to some individuals, I do not believe it can substitute advice from a trained family lawyer. Just as every marriage is different, so is every divorce. A family lawyer can tailor advice to meet the needs of the individual and ensure that, if divorce proceedings do get issued, they proceed amicably and with dignity. Will the app be a success? I think time will tell, but in my opinion, it is difficult to generalise an area of law that relies so heavily on looking at all the circumstances of each case.