Believe it or not, there's an iPhone app to help guide you through the divorce process in New Jersey. The Family Law practice in the Roseland, N.J. office of the law firm Fox Rothschild has released the New Jersey Divorce app to provide users with helpful resources and tools to use during each stage of the divorce process. The app is available for free download from the iTunes store.
Eric S. Solotoff, co-chair of Fox’s Family law program, said the law firm decided to create the app after one of its associates, Eliana Baer, suggested the idea. “ It was really her brainchild," he said.
"There are other firms out there that have apps,” Solotoff told NJTechWeekly, but Solotoff didn’t just want to copy them. He wanted to convey the information in an easy-to-use, polished and professional manner, and add some real value.
“We owed it to the people who were going to download the app to create a much better product” than other apps he had seen, he said.
Solotoff said that the app content development was the product of collaboration between the two attorneys. They began putting together some copy and whittled it down from there. “We wanted it [the app] to have a lot of information but not too much information, especially considering that people will be viewing it on an iPhone.” If the app was too cluttered the message would get lost, he added.
The time was right for such an app, he added. “Clients demand mobility in all aspects of their life, so this app is a continuation of our mission to provide clients with the best possible service in the format they most desire.”
“As family lawyers, we know going through a divorce is one of the hardest challenges in life. Our app aims to make it a bit easier – to allow users to access crucial meeting notes, information and resources at their fingertips to ease the process,” he said.
Key features of the app include:
- A searchable notes section integrated with the iPhone’s email client that saves and archives the user’s notes.
- A finance tracker that guides users through gathering the necessary information needed for meetings with attorneys throughout the divorce process.
- An asset identifier to assist users in identifying any potentially hidden or overlooked assets. Solotoff considers this to be a unique feature which will get clients thinking about items they might not view as assets that shouldn’t be forgotten.
- Information on various divorce-related topics, such as custody, child support, alimony and equitable distribution.
- A resource center with links to Fox’s New Jersey Family Legal blog, the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women organization, DivorceCare.org, which assists users in locating support groups in their area, and other informational sites. Fox’s blog is read by between 10,000 and 15,000 viewers a month.
The goal of the app, said Solotoff, is to give clients a format they can use to provide the law firm with information. There are certain documents they will have to fill out throughout the case and the app will allow them to start collecting that information, organize it properly and email the information to their particular lawyer to streamline the process, he pointed out.