If there are mobile apps out there to help people survive while stranded on a desert island or trapped under rubble, then it’s safe to say there’s an app to help with anything. Even life’s more emotionally trying events, such as divorce, can be less of headache with the right mobile application at the ready. In fact, in the mobile age we live in, the right app can prove nearly as valuable as having the right attorney, such as those on offer at Griffith, Young & Lass, APC. So with that in mind, here is a selection of apps that can help make a difficult divorce less painful—and maybe even save the user some money in the process.
One of the first things to do after hiring a divorce attorney is to get all the paperwork in order. This app is a lifesaver for those more scatterbrained folks who have trouble keeping track of every financial record in their home. The app itself is a payment tracker, but once the relevant paperwork is entered into the system it is visible in one place where it can quickly be sent off to the attorney in question. Great for keeping track of documentation.
Of course any divorce takes an emotional toll, especially when whole families are involved. Parenting Apart focuses on this emotional fallout by offering a number of topics relevant to the process. Through this app, users can learn to talk to their kids about divorce, learn about the various stages of coping, deal with adjustment issues and more.
One of the most painful aspects of divorce comes in the form of a separation of the family. Setting up new schedules along with new payments can present a lot of emotional and logistical headaches. 2houses aims to ease the process by offering a number of digital tools, including a calendar, expense tracker and journal. One of its most helpful features allows both parents to add and share info to keep one another up to date.
This app takes an unpleasant reality of divorce—the divvying up of marital assets—and confronts it head on. Its conspicuously unique spelling may suggest influence by a certain Cupertino tech giant, and the colorful screen icons do nothing to dissuade that notion. But the icon-based format serves a bigger purpose: to allow the user to quickly and easily enter items claimed in divorce proceedings into the system. For example, if the user would like the mini-van as part of the settlement, he or she can tap the car icon and quickly assign it a monetary value. This icon then goes firmly into the file of the party in question.
While any seasoned attorney will say that calculating child support payments is not guesswork, it can be beneficial to get a general idea of what might be expected. This calculator doesn’t claim to provide the same figures the judge eventually will, but it does provide helpful figures based on income and custody percentage.
While a smartphone can never take the role of an attorney or therapist, hopefully the apps listed above can play these roles in a limited capacity. At the very least, they should help ease the burden of one of life’s more stressful propositions.