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New divorce app makes process more navigable

Smartphones seem to be changing just about everything these days, from the ways Americans check up on sports scores to the manner in which they can deposit their paychecks. One psychologist has now added divorce to the list of processes made easier via telephone technology. The mental health professional, who teaches at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and also consults with certain TV shows, has developed a "Healthy Divorce App," which he believes will make divorce easier for many Americans.

In Texas, where one town made headlines last year for its high divorce rate, there are plenty of state residents who could use a daily dose of divorce guidance. Such pointers can come in handy whether one is going through a traditional divorce or divorce mediation. The professor who created the new smartphone application aims to provide just that. With his helpful portal selling for just $1.99 and available to anyone with an Android or Apple device, the professor's advice is accessible to spouses at any income level.

Part of the reason behind the app, its inventor noted, is the disparity between the number of Americans getting divorced and the much-smaller amount of people seeking help from professionals on the subject. Users of the app can send anonymous questions to the professor, who has worked with divorcing spouses for over twenty years. The anonymity is a benefit, he argues, because many people are uncomfortable seeking divorce help from someone who already knows them well.

Objectivity can indeed help immensely in any divorce; this quality forms one of the cornerstones of divorce mediation. In Texas, spouses who want to minimize contention in their split can also seek objective advice from trained mediators, who are bound by professional obligations to strive towards a win-win outcome. Mediation, then, can be considered a sort of healthy divorce applied directly to the legal process, and participants are welcome to use their smartphones as a complement.

Source: News-Medical.net, "America's psychologist launches healthy divorce app." Feb. 6, 2013

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