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Technology may help settle property division in Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts readers may be aware of how technology can bring convenience to nearly every aspect of life. Through new innovations like smart phones and the Internet, people can enjoy a different kind of entertainment, communication and information. Today, new technology is also associated with couples undergoing the process of divorce and helps them work through issues like complex property division, child custody and visitation rights.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, over 66 percent of lawyers report that social media like Facebook and Twitter was used as the primary evidence in divorce proceedings. On the other hand, the digital age also offers ways to improve or prevent the divorce conflicts in parenting, custody and property division decisions.

Communication technology helps parents to handle the custody and visitation schedules of each parent. Software like Our Family Wizard can assist both parents with organizing scheduling without requiring ex-spouses to talk personally. E-mail and text messaging can encourage both parents to communicate, while preventing face-to-face arguments in front of children.

Additionally, a recent innovation may benefit divorced people experiencing the difficulties of property division. A California man developed a new app, called iSplit Divorce, to help divorcing people divide their assets. iSplit Divorce is like a video game in which shared properties and assets are presented as icons with a value. Users may drag and drop these icons across a screen until they reach an agreement.

iSplit Divorce permits spouses to divide assets and properties like cars, furniture, mortgages, investments and even credit cards. It makes it simple for the divorcing couple to settle fairly, because the application can summarize the value of the divided properties. Additionally, iSplit Divorce prevents spouses from face-to-face disagreements and fights that might otherwise occur during the splitting of properties.

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

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