Love

Amicable is the app for a quick & (relatively) painless divorce

By Kitty Knowles 1 February 2018
Summary

No expensive legal bills. Lots of emotional support.

It may be the month of love, but 42% of all marriages are going to end in divorce.

Good.

If you find that your relationship is making you unhappy, you should be able to leave it.

The problem feuding lovers face today is that divorce is extortionately expensive (costing around the tune of £44,000 per couple). And it’s an emotional rollercoaster.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was ‘an app for that’? Enter, Amicable.

An Amicable divorce?

Londoner Pip Wilson co-founded Amicable in 2015 after watching her fellow co-founder and friend Kate Daly go through a traumatic divorce.

“The cost and the emotional damage of involving lawyers was a huge shock,” she tells The Memo. “The world needed a solution that put families first and helps parents remain on good terms.”

The two businesswomen combined their expertise in tech and psychology (Wilson had previously co-founded a B2B technology consultancy, while Daly’s a professional coach and counsellor) to offer a faster, fairer and fixed-price way for couples to separate.

“Amicable is driven to change the current model of ‘fault-based’ divorce, where the law requires one person to blame the other,” Wilson explains.

“You can get some funny reactions when you tell people you run a divorce company but to me, it’s exactly the kind of real-life problem technology should be helping with.”

How it works

Think of Amicable as a kind of one-stop shop for divorce, childcare and financial arrangements.

It’s a digital ‘Divorce Coaches’ are admin free and can support you emotionally through the process.  

You can use the app to collect, convert and process your legal documents, streamlining a process that often takes six to nine months, down to under six weeks.  

And as a divorce services company (rather than a law firm) Amicable can also help both people to, hopefully, reach a fairer outcome.

“Both people hear the same legal viewpoint rather than getting tied up in knots with ‘my lawyer says…’,” says Wilson.

What’s the cost?

The fact Amicable is a fixed-price service also helps smooth the ride, with the possibility to make payments across three months to make life a little easier.

“Typically, Amicable is more than ten times cheaper than going to court, a third of the cost of using a lawyer and half the cost of mediation,” says Wilson.

You can download the app for free, with divorce services starting at £300 for a simple divorce.

Access to a full end-to-end divorce service – including the transition from parent to co-parent, making legally binding financial split is £2,850 per couple. (On average, if lawyers sort finances and a divorce it costs £8,000 per person).

Your Amicable future?

Having launched in 2016, Amicable has today been downloaded thousands of times in 52 countries across the globe.

More than 250 couples have ‘separated amicably’ using the service already, with the number of customers growing at a rate of 30% a month.

In October last year, the business raised almost half a million from angel investors, bringing its total funding to more than £473,000.

This funding will go towards simplifying the divorce process even further, reducing the needs for lawyers, and building in more tools that promote positive interaction and de-escalate conflict.

Wilson has even put forward for an FDM everywoman in Technology Award for her role at Amicable (with winners announced next week).

“Too many families emerge from divorce damaged and scarred,” says Wilson.

“Amicable can’t prevent divorce, but thinks it is a sad event, not a bad event, with the focus being on people being able to move on successfully with their lives and feeling positive about their future.”

Will you wave goodbye to bad divorces?