Is it okay to laugh in divorce therapy?
It’s 11 am, and Zuzu is laughing with her soon to be ex-husband. At their pre-divorce couple’s counseling session the counselor just hit the nail on the head regarding Karel’s personality, saying “Karel is like Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice—enigmatic and intelligent. At first, he seems arrogant—but later, his gentler romantic side opens up.”
Zuzu and Karel have decided to end their “starter marriage,” which they jumped into in their early twenties perhaps a bit too quickly. There’s a public event service available for divorce, which helps couples complete all of the steps online.
The counselor’s description of Karel was sympathetic. The counselor, after all, not only had access to a wide array of therapy literature, but all of world literature as well—the upsides of being an AI. It’s hard to compete with that, they agreed! But it an unexpected laugh to start the day—a therapy session to remember.
For their mandated pre-divorce couples’ therapy, Zuzu and Karel chose an AI divorce counselor. This was partly out of curiosity; also, they did not consider their split so tragic that they needed human help. And their AI counselor, with such a wealth of examples whirring in its algorithmic “brain,” turned out to have no trouble helping them put things in context.
Even though their entire divorce procedure can unfold digitally, both Zuzu and Karel will still need to physically appear at the notary to give their final confirmation. But otherwise, that’s it! Any other details, such as changing last names, is fully automated in inter-institutional databases nowadays. Zuzu simply has to confirm that she understands and consents to using her maiden name.