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Erin Levine’s five empowering little words: “I’ll see you in court”

By Sarah Lacy , written on October 18, 2017

From The Lessons from the Trenches Desk

Recently, I came across a startup that’s focused on a yet-undisrupted opportunity: Divorce.

Hello Divorce-- started by family law attorney Erin Levine-- doesn’t go as far as just throwing forms up online, nor does it pair you with a high priced attorney and mediation team. It’s somewhere in the middle of software and lawyers-as-a-service, just for the points when you need them.

As such, a Hello Divorce divorce can cost couples around $5,000… one-tenth what my divorce cost via the “cheaper” process of collaborative mediation.

In my view, this is a potential game changer for women who don’t control the assets in their household or a lot of people who are staying legally married because they can’t afford to go through the way-too-cumbersome legal process, but are too nervous of what they don’t know to just fill in forms themselves.

But Levine’s personal story is even more interesting than the startup she’s building. There’s her powerful story of why she wanted to become a lawyer in the first place. She was sexually assaulted as a teenager, and turned in the culprit, went to trial, seeing it all the way through his getting a conviction and jail time. Like so many women who have publicly come forward to report sexual assault, Levine couldn’t live with the idea that he’d do it to more young girls. But it was a horrible process, despite receiving justice.

Everyday in family law court, she has tried to do better for her clients.

A mother of two, Levine talks about her journey as a justice-fighter, an entrepreneur, and a mother in the latest edition of our podcast, “A Uterus Is a Feature Not a Bug.” You can listen to the whole episode below.

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