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Technology Affecting the Way People DivorceDigital technology has changed how people interact with each other, which affects important relationships such as marriages. It may be a stretch to say that social media and phone use are causing people to get divorced, but they may be an obstacle to repairing a damaged marriage. Once people have decided to divorce, digital technology has changed the process – in helpful ways but also in ways that require caution. As a result, technology and communication have grown in importance as it relates to divorce.

Technology Leading Up to Divorce

Spending more time socializing on your digital devices usually means less time interacting with people in person such as your spouse. Direct communication is one of the key tools that couples use to keep their relationships strong and resolve differences between each other. Digital technology also creates new opportunities for marital conflicts, such as discovering that your spouse is having an affair with someone through electronic correspondences or has been using your money on hidden purchases.

Technology During a Divorce

We live in a digital information age that provides divorcees with more resources than ever before, including:

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We are a society that loves our phone apps. There are of course the entertainment apps – music, games, social media, etc. There are apps that make our lives easier – GPS apps, apps to scan our groceries as we shop, banking apps, note taking apps and even apps that will tell you where the closest public restroom is to the location you’re at. A recent article in Huffington Post reports that there are now apps that can help make the divorce process a bit more organized as well.
  • The Divorce Log app is a calendar based program and helps keep all the information you need to keep track of all in one place. It allows you to track items like child support and alimony payment dates, time you spend with the children and any expenses you incur. Any entries that are store in the app can be forwarded directly to an email address, allowing you to send the info directly to an attorney or ex-spouse.
  • The Parenting Apart app provides resources for divorced couples of children. Users can search for the answers to common questions about co-parenting, helping your children adjust and other support related questions.
  • The iSplit Divorce app helps divorcing couples divide up expensive marital assets. Each item – such as the house, cars, etc. – is assigned an icon, with the user assigning a monetary value for the item. As the decision is made of which spouse gets which item, the app keeps a running total of each party’s assets, ensuring a fair split. The information can all be exported into a spreadsheet.
  • Child Support Calculator app – This app can help divorcing parents determine the cost of monthly support payments. After entering the state where the parties’ divorce proceedings are taking place, the income of both and the percentage of custody for each parent has in order to determine the amount to be paid.
  • The 2Houses app could be just the solution for divorcing parents who are having a difficult time communicating. Each parent can edit and update a shared digital calendar to help keep track of children’s schedules. It also helps to ensure that both parents are aware of school events, sports schedules, etc. And if one parent makes a schedule change, a notification is automatically sent to the other parent.
Even the friendliest divorces can be difficult. If you are considering filing, contact an experienced Illinois divorce attorney to help guide you through what can be a very complicated legal process.
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