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Divorces go digital

Unfortunately, going through a divorce in Texas or elsewhere in the United States can create difficult tasks for the couple when it comes to sharing everything from financial data to kids. But that's where technology comes in.

A variety of free and paid websites and apps are working to help divorced parents communicate with each other about things such as scheduling, money and child custody. Through this method, spouses do not have to speak in person with the ex-spouse, avoiding potentially uncomfortable situations in front of the children.

One man recently has come up with an app to help divorcing couples enter all their financial data, such as community property and income. After entering the information, the program analyzes it and comes up with a result of a financial settlement in less than 30 minutes.

Given that it follows a video-game style, the process doesn't seem painful. The designer also says it makes the process more efficient.

With the bad rap that social media has gotten in the breakdown of American marriages through Facebook and such, one person said digital products can work to efficiently end the marital discord. The newest software can help in less-complex divorces that do not have a lot of separate property to figure out. By using email, as well, people can speak to each other without looking at each other. That can stop the potential for fights or actually give each party a chance to think about what they want to say.

People going through a divorce said email is the best means of talking with an ex. Sometimes, a restraining order will not allow visits, so email is ideal.

Additionally, there are websites that help with other issues such as arranging child visits, such as setting up dropoff times, or asking for money for extras without having to talk to each other. In all, the courts will accept such email exchanges as evidence if any disputes arise.

Source: The Press Democrat, "Divorce? There's an app for that," Paul Payne, Dec. 2, 2012

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