Government announces funding for 'divorce app'

Government ministers have announced that they’d like separating couples to use a ‘divorce app’ in an effort to help them separate more amicably.

The web-based application would be designed to give guidance on a wide range of issues that often crop up during acrimonious divorces, including advice on how to avoid arguing in front of children, coping with new partners and dealing with child support payments.

The application is just one element of a £14m scheme that is being run by the Department of Work and Pensions to provide support for couples going through divorce.

The app will be funded by the scheme and will be designed to be downloaded onto mobile phones and computers. Government ministers argue that instead of raising questions of a ‘nanny state,’ the app will help to save money as it will encourage couples to resolve their issues amicably, rather than having to rely on the Child Support Agency.

“We all want the best for our children, which is why we’re making it easier for parents to access the help they need during this time,” said Maria Miller, Families Minister.

“The fund will be for interventions than can help parents work together, including intensive counselling, emotional support and mediation, as well as online and telephone advice.”

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