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Divorce Software Designed to Handle Negotiations

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      Divorce Software Designed to Handle Negotiations

      By Melinda Wenner, Special to LiveScience

      posted: 31 July 2007 09:19 am ET

      Divorce is never pleasant, but new software is aimed at making the process a
      little less harrowing.

      The computer program combines artificial intelligence, game theory and an
      electronic or human external mediator to help divorcing couples settle their
      disputes in a fair and rational manner—and hopefully with fewer gray hairs.

      The new software is a fresh incarnation of a project going back to 2004,
      Emilia Bellucci and John Zeleznikow from Victoria University in Australia
      developed "Family Winner" to help couples settle divorce disputes by
      focusing on

      For example, even if both a husband and wife want to keep the family car,
      will probably want it more than the other and will therefore be willing to
      accept greater trade-offs in order to get it.

      The program, which is based on the game theory concepts developed by
      mathematician John Nash, separately asks the husband and wife to "rate"
      every disputed
      item by assigning points to each in a way that reflects each item's relative
      importance to him or her.

      A wife might assign 30 points to the car, for instance, while the husband
      might assign only 20, indicating that the car is more important to the wife
      to her spouse. In total, each person has 100 points to assign to all of the
      items or issues.

      The software tallies all the points, creates an initial "trade-off map" and
      begins by solving the easiest dispute—the one for which there is the largest
      point discrepancy.

      "The result, then, is a direct reflection of the priorities set by the
      disputants," Bellucci told LiveScience.

      The person who "loses" the first dispute is given extra points to assign to
      the remaining issues. The trade-off map is revised and the software moves on
      resolve the next "easiest" dispute, continuing on this way until all are
      resolved. The idea is to create a "win-win" scenario.

      While "Family Winner" successfully met the needs of both husband and wife,
      wasn't always fair to the needs of third parties, like children, according
      Bellucci and Zeleznikow.

      So, to address this problem, they developed new software called "Family
      Mediator." As the name implies, the software relies on a mediator—either a
      law practitioner or an electronic decision support system, depending on the
      requirements of the institution using it—to ensure that decisions reflect
      best interests of all involved, including kids.

      While neither software application has been commercialized (there are only
      research prototypes at the moment), the team hopes that this might soon

      "We have applied for a university grant, which if successful will lead as a
      by-product to a commercially viable mediation program," Bellucci said. The
      software might then be adopted by social service professionals, she added.

      And, perhaps not surprisingly, some family lawyers have already expressed
      interest in using it, Bellucci said.

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