25 January 2023
More than 91,000 people are affected by relationship breakdowns each year in Australia – and for those who are staying in broken down relationships in fear of the financial implications of separating, there is now a tool to help them know where they stand, with the launch of amicaone.
The new, single-sided version of amica – the simple, smart online separation tool – makes it easier for people thinking of separating to know where they stand.
Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), amicaone allows users to see how amica works without involving their former partner – by providing an estimate of a suggested division of money and property, reflected as a percentage split.
amicaone’s inbuilt AI considers all the factors of a relationship when giving an estimate of what is a fair split – including the length of the relationship, age and health care needs, contributions to the relationship, and earnings.
Legal Services Commission CEO and amica Project Chief Gabrielle Canny said amica had so far seen the creation of over 10,000 user accounts, assisting couples to separate amicably, helping to avoid costly and protracted legal proceedings, as well as helping alleviate court backlogs.
“amicaone is a gamechanger for people considering separating, particularly women experiencing domestic violence – empowering them to know where they stand and what a division of money and property might look like, without involving their partner,” Ms Canny said.
“In 2022, 50,575 divorces were granted in Australia, but many more people remain in broken down relationships in fear of the financial implications a separation will cause.
“We’ve been very pleased with the uptake of the amica online tool since its launch in June 2020, but client feedback and market research has led us to develop amicaone as a one-sided version of the online tool, for those who were keen to use amica but were not yet ready to invite their former partner.
“Separation doesn’t have to be messy, and the purpose of amicaone is to empower people to move on, once they know where they stand.”
amicaone is a completely free service. No personal identifiable information is required to generate a suggested division of money and property.
amica is a smart and simple online tool to guide couples who wish to separate amicably, to finalise parenting, property and money decisions. The service is backed by the Australian Government and is free to use for couples if one person is receiving an income support from Centrelink. For anyone else, there is a small fee payable to finalise written agreements. For more information, please visit amica.gov.au
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