Divorce Industry Buzz: US Trails Other Advanced Countries Like Holland and Canada in Offering Online Dispute Resolution to Divorce Litigants

Divorce Industry Buzz By Claire le Roy For Divorce Saloon International Magazine: Le Saloon

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DIVORCE INDUSTRY IN US LAGS OTHER NATIONS IN SOLE RESPECTS

US Divorce Industry lags Behind Other Industrialized Countries in Going fully Digital With Divorce Dispute Resolution – Bloomberg

The Industry in the US is résistent to going digital especially with replacing lawyers’ work with online dispute resolution tools. According to Bloomberg News the Dutch Government’s Legal Aid Board’s offers a lawyer replacement online dispute resolution program called Rechtwijzer which was set up in 2007. With Rechtwijzer, couples can pay as little as €100 to complete their divorce without a lawyer. Canada apparently has a similar option for its divorcing litigants but the US divorce industry is résistent to going or fully endorsing a digital model for dispute resolution. Why is this? It is hard to understand this strong resistance to change in the US on this issue because so much can be gained for litigants if things were digitalized. But there you have it. This is the situation, the buzz, right now.

 

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