If you want to find love, the Internet has thousands of tools at your disposal. From big dating sites like eHarmony to extremely specific niche dating sites to mobile dating apps, you have plenty of options if you’re looking for a partner. And even if you’re just looking for something casual, apps like Grindr and Bang With Friends are ready to set you up on more transient couplings.
Romance is big business for digital platforms and services. The dissolution of romance? Decidedly less prominent. But the fact remains that many marriages end in divorce, and divorces can be financially and emotionally devastating trainwreck nightmares battles that drag on for years. The Internet is simplifying many difference aspects of our lives, so it makes sense a service would come along to streamline divorce.
It’s taken a while, but now there’s Wevorce, a new online service that promises to make the road to separation as simple as possible. Wevorce uses a six-step process to try to minimize the need for expensive two-attorney divorces by employing a single attorney-mediator to help guide couples through their splits.
Wevorce is an interesting service because it encourages civility for people who are ending their partnership. Obviously you can really only take advantage of the Wevorce services if you both agree on this alternative route, which requires a level of communication some divorcing couples can’t muster. I suspect just the act of agreeing on this service helps build an atmosphere of compromise and striving for mutual benefits rather than a deeply contentious atmosphere, a la Kramer v. Kramer.
“Each party that works with Wevorce selects their own counsel to file their pleadings with the court house, so they never have to go to court,” Wevorce cofounder Michelle Crosby tells us about how the service streamlines proceedings. “We have built a referal network of attorneys that we call Hevorce and Shevorce attorneys who agree to review the pleadings and file them with the court for a flat fee.”
But why would people fighting over the essential features of their lives agree to use Wevorce over a traditional scenario? Even the chilliest cases may be wooed by the price, since Wevorce is substantially more affordable than hiring two attorneys, with fees ranging from $3,000 to $15,000, while standard divorce rates can climb much higher. And Crosby confirms that Wevorce can handle international divorces, so even if your former love isn’t a U.S. citizen, it can get things sorted quickly. The website is also useful to former couples that are not legally married but need help dividing their assets or arranging custody.
Crosby explains that Wevorce might not work for every couple, especially very acrimonious ones, but its services can seriously reduce stress for exes that just want to figure things out – even when children are involved. “We are not for everyone, there is already an existing court system for those that want to fight it out. What we have created is an alternative for people that understand that even though letting go of their roles of Husband and Wife, they still understand that they will always be mom and dad to their kids and they want to learn tools to be healthy co-parents.”
Wevorce just debuted to the general U.S. population last week, so it’s not battle tested, and couples with extremely rigid demands may still feel more confident mediating their divorce the old-fashioned way. But if Wevorce can rack up satisfied clients and demonstrate that it works for separations both amicable and vicious, it could disrupt how divorce works – it certainly comes with a more attractive price tag. And it’s also bringing us full circle: You can now find and end a marriage online.