A new website aims to take much of the heartache and cost out of getting a divorce by conducting the whole process online.
Presented at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco on Tuesday, Separate.us, founded by Sandro Tuzzo and Larry Maloney, aims to distill legal jargon into plain language and reduce legal fees from tens of thousands of dollars to base price of around $1,500. Initial filing costs just $99.
“Today, connecting is easy. There’s tons of software applications out there for that,” Tuzzo said onstage at the event. “But what if you need to end a relationship, where are the tools for that?”
After working as a divorce attorney for the past 15 years, Tuzzo said he knows too well just how arduous the process can be. Separate.us aims to simplify the procedure by letting users complete, file and serve divorce papers online.
But Tuzzo says that Separate.us does not want to stop at divorce; he has plans to launch other tools that help people with legal procedures, like creating wills and managing real estate transactions.
“We’re bringing family law into the 21st century,” Tuzzo said.
The platform is currently open in California for private beta testing.