The Downing St 'divorce app' to help couples through a break-up
08:26 GMT, 25 June 2012
Ministers are planning to give couples a ‘divorce app’ to help them through the painful process of separation.
The web-based application will give people who are splitting up access to guidance on how to divorce amicably – including advice on how not to quarrel in front of their children.
The 14million scheme will help pay for the downloadable app – or ‘widget’ – for divorcing parents’ computers and mobile phones.
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It comes just days after the Government threw its weight behind a pack for parents to educate children on how the media alters images and to inspire them to be confident in their bodies.
Critics will be outraged that millions are being spent on such ‘nanny state’ policies at a time of austerity, but Ministers say the ‘divorce app’ will actually save money because it will encourage parents to reach their own post-separation financial deals, rather than relying on the expensive Child Support Agency.
The Department for Work and Pensions said yesterday that the 14million will go to groups to create a menu of support services for parents who are separating –accessible via the app.
The advice will include guidance on avoiding arguments, sorting out child support payments and how to cope with meeting an ex-partner’s new boyfriend or girlfriend.
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There will also be help for wives dumped in favour of a younger woman, those who have second thoughts about breaking up, and those concerned about how to deal with stepchildren.
When the new app is launched, it could be based on websites that parents already visit, such as Mumsnet.
Ministers want charities and private organisations to bid for part of the 14million fund so they can run innovative family support services.
Families minister Maria Miller said: ‘We all want the best for our children, which is why we’re making it easier for parents to access the help they need during this time.
‘The fund will be for interventions that can help parents work together, including intensive counselling, emotional support and mediation, as well as online and telephone advice.’