The Kondo Effect

Divorce is getting a clean-up. 

Divorced couples are choosing to keep communication channels open. Divorced spouses are finding that there’s no need for opposition just because you don’t want to be together. 

We all laughed, in 2014, when Gwyneth Paltrow announced her decision to ‘consciously uncouple’ from her then-husband, Chris Martin. Such amicable splits are, however, destined to become mainstream.

Amicable separations are aided by post-divorce counselling, organisational apps and the emergence of the “clean divorce”.

A strangely satisfying Netflix series, “Marie Kondo”, features a Japanese tidying expert. 

Kondo encourages her clients, and viewers, to revolutionise their drawers, desks and mobile devices. 

She implores her audiences to take the ‘Marie Kondo’ effect even further; asking us to let go of old friends and ‘clean up’ our divorces.

The emergence of new technologies are replacing expensive divorce processes. The British app, Amicable, offers ‘digital divorce solutions’ such as an online chat tool and video conference mediation.

US app, CoParenter, combines calendar tools and messaging to enable former spouses to edit custody plans. 

CoParenter also provides on-demand mediation access. What’s more, the app embraces artificial intelligence to advise users against sending messages containing explicit language. 

Thanks to new technology, for some situations, divorce seems to be getting cleaner and easier. However, it still remains a tricky business for the most part.


What is mediation?

‘Mediaton’ refers to a process in which a neutral person helps to enable communication between disputants to help them to reach a mutual agreement.


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