Response from the judicial side has been promising too. Mallett sees Undo as a way of assisting an overburdened system that, in some cases, can feel like an intimidating, uncomfortable fit.
“Traditional ideation of the lawyer role is [that] you’re the like the gladiator in combat,” he says. “And that’s not a conducive environment to try and help a family. There’s that element [of] should people even be in this arena? Aren’t there other ways we can deal with this?”
In streamlining the divorce process, Mallett doesn’t see Undo as detracting from divorce lawyers’ necessity. While Undo has some tools for by spouses who have not yet reached an agreement, he notes that the service isn’t ideal for people who find themselves in a particularly acrimonious situation with their partner, or if there’s a large, complicated property situation involved. But for those who are aren’t facing those hurdles, and are looking to get through their divorce with speed and simplicity, Undo offers a new path through a difficult undertaking.
“There are a lot of people who are saying, ‘We basically have a deal in place, we just want you to review it and make it formal so we can know this is done, put to bed,’” Mallett explains. “Those are the main people we’re trying to help.”