Divorce online

An online platform supports the interaction between divorcees. It promotes a cooperative dialogue, addressing both the emotional issues, arrangements for the children, as well as the financial consequences of the divorce. The platform guides them towards resolution. If they cannot agree, the information submitted on the platform enables lawyers and judges to intervene more effectively.  

The challenge

Research shows and family law specialists agree that a cooperative divorce process is preferable to extended litigation. But divorce processes easily can become contentious. Escalation is harmful for children and for most parents. It is also costly for the Dutch government, that funds legal aid in divorce proceedings and subsidizes access to family courts.

Our approach 

The Dutch Legal Aid Board developed an online ‘do-it-together’ tool for divorcees, the Divorce & Parenting Plan. The Plan helps divorcees to diagnose their situation, and leads them through the questions they have to answer in order to take care for the future of their children and themselves. We assisted this process by delivering dispute resolution know how, by facilitating the co-design process and by monitoring user satisfaction.

The Plan now provides a cooperative setting for an amicable settlement of the most common issues in divorce, including a parenting plan. The Divorce&Parenting Plan has been launched in Autumn 2010. Since, more than 1,000 Dutch couples worked with the Plan. Additional websites, e.g. for children with questions about divorce, and for ex-partners after the divorce have been launched since.
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Project details

Project leader: Corry van Zeeland
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Contact: Corry van Zeeland

Related

Rechtwijzer: Raad voor Rechtsbijstand voor rechtzoekenden - Echtscheidingsplan

Gramatikov, M.A., & Klaming, L., Getting divorced online: Procedural and outcome justice in online divorce mediation, Journal of Law and Family Studies, 2011/vol.13(2), pp. 1-30