It’s our view that the process of separation and divorce in England and Wales is broken. The choice for any couple is either the expense of lawyers (which is out of most people’s price range), mediation, (still costly and requires you both to embrace the process), or DIY divorce which only works if your relationship with your partner is good enough to sit around the kitchen table and agree a way forward (See our options blog here for more details).
On top of this, the law encourages acrimony rather than cooperation. Unlike some other countries that have adopted no-fault divorce, the law in England and Wales means unless you have been separated for more than two years you must agree a reason for your divorce resulting in someone taking the blame. Couples get into a mindset of blaming and fighting, the situation often degrades over time and the outcome is damaged children and years of difficult relationships.
We believe that once a couple has made the difficult decision to divorce, whatever the reasons, the emphasis should be on separating in the least painful way possible and, if children are involved, putting them first. We designed amicable in order to help couples reach fairer agreements, promote their parenting relationship and save time and money.
amicable can help with the practical process so you can focus on getting through the emotional roller-coaster.
The first release of amicable allows you to do the following:
Set goals to prepare you for when your separation is finalized. By setting goals you can focus on the future rather than dwelling on the past and make sure you don’t lose sight of what’s important to you. amicable gives suggestions to help you through this process and you can choose whether you want to share your goals with your partner.
Create a parenting plan using our pre-filled list of things you need to consider or creating your own suggestions for the best way to care for your children and sharing these with your partner.
Collect all of your financial information, including assets, income and outgoings in your own time. Create proposals for how your assets could be fairly divided and understand what you need to live on each month.
Have a complete set of your information in the same place, available to use if you need to speak to a mediator, lawyer or one of our divorce coaches. All information you collect before paying for professional help will save you time and money.
Do all this using your mobile phone, at times and in places to suit you.
amicable aims to make what is a complex and difficult process as simple as we can, we can’t remove the emotional journey but we can help you navigate the practical steps.
We understand how difficult divorce and separation can be and we would like help. Please get in touch for help and advice or click here to download the app.