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Company aims to make divorce more tech savvy

If you’re a frequent reader of our blog or are currently going through a divorce then you know how difficult the divorce process can get. With costly legal fees and frustrations with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, many people have started to view the process in an increasingly negative light. But the CEO and co-founder of Wevorce wanted to change that mentality and is now offering couples a more tech-savvy -- and perhaps headache-reducing -- way to file for divorce.

In a typical divorce, couples are often represented by an attorney who helps guide them through the legality of a divorce and ensures that the couple reaches a resolution that is in accordance with existing state laws. But with the startup company Wevorce, couples work together with what the company calls "Divorce Architects" who help couples negotiate all aspects of a divorce including legal and financial issues. And according to Wevorce’s CEO, this can all be done at a fraction of the cost while still handling the major issues associated with a divorce.

But it’s important for our Pennsylvania readers to realize that problems can arise as a result of do-it-yourself options such as Wevorce. Although the company boasts that 99 percent of its divorce cases have been handled outside of court, some situations may require the help of a skilled attorney or help from a family law judge. In cases of domestic abuse or concerns about child safety may not be suitable for sites like Wevorce and may instead require help from family law courts. And although the company has made plans to expand its services across the nation, including eventually here in Pennsylvania, differences in state divorce laws could present problems to "Divorce Architects" who may not be as familiar with state laws as a lawyer would be.

So while this option may work for some, it’s important to remember that this may not be the case for others. And while saving money can be a motivating factor when it comes to a divorce, it’s never a good idea to handle a complex separation alone or without legal counsel.

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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