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iPhone Divorce app splits opinion

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By The Drum Team | Editorial

April 15, 2011 | 2 min read

The latest app to pop up in Apple’s app store is spreading concern amongst family campaigners after promising to offer legal advice to anyone mulling a divorce.

Compiled by specialist family lawyers at OGR Stock Denton the £9.99 software purports to offer independent advice on divorce law to those contemplating embarking upon the stressful path.

Outraged moralists have reacted badly to the launch however, averring that publication of the pocket quickie risks “trivialising” the process.

A spokesperson for religious pressure group Christian Voice said: “It could encourage divorce by normalising the decision, making it seem as easy to make as any other lifestyle choice.”

Anastasia de Waal of the think tank Civitas said that that if “solely impenetrable legalese stands between you and spousal severance, some jargon-busting might be a good thing. But ultimately the chances are this app will be mainly used by the curious”.

Prominent alerts on the app itself warn users it is “no substitute for professional advice to which users are directed throughout the app.”

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