By Chelsea Lacey-Mabe
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Going through a divorce can be an emotional time for couples and their families. What do they tell their coworkers? When’s the right time to approach the topic with their children? And how do they themselves come to terms with the change?
DivorceForce is an app that aims to answer all of those questions. Users can access articles from their smartphones on financial topics like what legal expenses to expect and how to handle a spouse’s infidelity. Each divorce topic also includes a forum where people can post their own questions. The answers come from other people using the app who are going through similar life experiences.
The online community was co-founded in 2014 by Jeff Meshel and Greg Frank– both veterans of divorce. Meshel first created an event to bring divorced men and women together to share their experiences. Frank was an attendee and saw the potential to develop the group into an online community. The app was created in 2015 and new features are added every few months.
Those who are interested can download the app for free and set up an account. There’s also an option to go “incognito” which allows them to access some content without creating a profile.
Approximately 50 percent of US marriages end in divorce according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Divorce costs Americans thousands of dollars for legal proceedings alone which doesn’t account for alimony, moving expenses or therapy services that may be needed. Online resources can be helpful, low-cost alternatives.