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Could a robot be the key to resolving your divorce?


Yes, it’s real.

The Legal Services Commission of South Australia has received $581,000 in funding from the Federal Government to design a user-friendly app and online portal that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to guide couples through a divorce or separation instead of the traditional legal dispute.

The technology takes the information entered by users about their dispute and then compares it against previous cases before suggesting a division of assets.

And while it’s not intended to totally replace legal services, the platform provides a starting point for a resolution that is fair and checked against court-accepted outcomes.

The Commission says it’s even built in ‘natural language’ which will block a user who gets too upset or aggressive in the dispute (no cursing allowed!) – while someone trying to claim an excessive level of assets won’t be able to move forward until they change to a more reasonable request (we think that could be a serious sticking point).

Hopefully you won’t need to use this tech any time soon – but you’ve got to admit, it’s impressive!

With a background in nursing, Annie has spent over 20 years working in the health industry, including the coordination of medical support for international TV productions and major stadium events, plus education campaigns with a number of national health organisations. In recent years, she has also taken time out of the workforce to be a full-time carer, giving her first-hand experience of the challenges and rewards of this role.

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