Tuesday, April 23, 2024

AI - A Hit or Miss for Family Law?

AI is the hottest, most recent technological advancement - but what does it have in store for family law? Ivan Serrano, a writer for the Legal Reader, lists a number of advantages and risks for incorporating AI in family law (and the legal world in general).

Advantages include swift and precise responses to client questions, which is of much use to busy lawyers. Predictive analytics from data offered by AI bots assist lawyers in making informed decisions and also enable clients to somewhat foresee the duration, outcome, and cost of their case from start to finish, which is extremely helpful for litigants to decide whether to pursue their case in court or to instead settle matters outside of the courtroom - for working or financially unstable divorcees/parents, such guidance and insight is particularly valuable. Lawyers may also enjoy the speed at which AI can sift through intensive documents and paperwork.

However, the risks and disadvantages of integrating AI into law may outweigh its advantages. Data privacy and security is a big drawback - users cannot always be certain that their legal information, often sensitive and confidential, is not being sold or collected by large AI companies. A lack of human connection in AI also presents difficulties, as well as the fact that AI is often unreliable and inaccurate when it comes to more specific questions relating to more personal matters in a case. For example, AI is unable to handle simple math word problems, since it follows an algorithm which encourages it to output things that “sound right,” and this problem with AI algorithms extends outside of mathematics and into law - attorney Steven A. Schwartz is infamous for using AI in legal research for a personal injury lawsuit, which resulted in Schwartz referencing six court cases that never existed.

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