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The new service aims to save divorce filers time and money

It looks like you will soon be able to do more than just online shopping and download tunes via the internetThe South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting a new development in Broward County, South Florida, concerning online legality.  In what can perhaps be seen as a sad reflection of our times, the county has just launched online services which allow married couples to apply for divorce online.

The site will guide residents through the legal steps to getting a divorce.  The system is designed to help people with low income save money by foregoing attorney fees.  The various steps on the site contain full information, including legal definitions.  They also have sets of questions to help users determine which forms they need to fill out.

"It kind of guides you through, it asks questions. Once it knows your name, it will put it in every space it should go," Kris Mazzeo, director of the circuit/civil family division of the clerk of courts, said.

Once residents complete the online forms necessary, they merely have to mail the signed forms to the county clerk's office.  Some forms do require a notary signature.

Broward County officials feel the service will save its citizens time and inconvenience.

"People come downtown and it's expensive to park. If we can keep them from making extra trips to the courthouse, it would be great for them," director Mazzeo said.

The city may also have some selfish motives in adopting this change of policy.  The online application process is expected to simplify the paperwork needed by the county clerks and eliminate incomplete applications and angry customers.

Broward County is also launching similar legal services for small claims lawsuits and tenant evictions.

Broward County is not the first county to bring its divorce process online.  The opulent Palm Beach County also has adopted such a system, along with several others.



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RE: Cool
By TomZ on 11/14/2007 1:22:54 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, because after all, the Catholic church is such an authority on morality, especially in America.

This is the organization that allowed child molestation for decades and then systematically tried to cover it up. They furthermore continue the root cause, which is that they do not allow priests to marry or have sexual relations (with adults).

This is the organization that still does not recognize that men and women are equal.

This is the organization that is against abortion unconditionally, including in cases of rape, incest, or health of the mother.

This is the organization that does not allow the use of birth control, even when using the same could reduce the spread of AIDS and STDs, especially in developing nations.

I'm sorry, but I see the Catholic church as somewhat immoral. Therefore, I don't give a crap what they believe about marriage and divorce. Their views of marriage and divorce are the same as they have been for hundreds of years because they simply refuse to understand that times are changing.

What is the divorce rate amongst Catholics? Have they "solve" the divorce "problem"?


RE: Cool
By Parhel on 11/14/2007 1:54:12 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know how you want me to response to that.

I acknowledge that child molestation is/was a major problem in the Church. I have a son who we will be sending to Catholic school, so you can believe that issue is very important to me. To claim that the root cause is that they don't allow priests to marry doesn't show the full picture however. The celibate lifestyle is often attractive to homosexuals. If you don't believe me, ask yourself how many girls have been molested by priests. In the past 30 years or so, the Church has all but disallowed homosexuals from becoming priests and has implemented rigorous testing to avoid it from happening. So, I believe that it is morally reprehensible, but that guilt does not apply to the Church as a whole, and that the Church is taking steps to address the problem.

Men and women aren't equal in the Church? Not so at all. The most highly revered human being who has ever lived aside from Christ is Mary. She is placed above all of the other saints. The Church believes that, since Christ chose 12 male apostles, he set the precedent that priests were to be male. It doesn't have any other implications, as far as I'm concerned, to the Church's view on the equality of men and women. Men become priests, while women become nuns. In Christ, there is no male and female.

The Church's beliefs on abortion apply to Catholics no matter what the circumstances leading to the pregnancy. If you believed that abortion was morally identical to murder, you would come to the same logical conclusion as the Church.

I don't necessarily agree with or fully understand the Church's teaching on birth control, so I'll leave that alone if you don't mind. However, I'd like to point out that extra-marital sex is totally forbidden in the Church regardless of whether birth control is used. So, if someone followed the Church's teaching on birth control they would likely follow it's teaching on sexuality and, in theory, this shouldn't pose a problem.

Regarding marriage, the Church does not allow divorce. You can be married once. The only exception is that a marriage can be annulled if it was obtained under false pretenses, but this is very rarely done.

It's your right not to care what the Catholic church teaches, but it wouldn't hurt to have a little respect for other people's beliefs.


RE: Cool
By TomZ on 11/14/2007 2:14:58 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say I disrespect you for your beliefs - I just explained why I don't believe that the Catholic church has any moral authority to be able to tell people how they should live their lives. It's just my opinion.


RE: Cool
By clovell on 11/14/2007 2:24:59 PM , Rating: 1
> This is the organization that allowed child molestation for decades and then systematically tried to cover it up.

The Bishops involved with that scandal don't represent the entire organization. Believe me, as a practicing Catholic, I'm ashamed and enraged about that. It's inexcusable.

> They furthermore continue the root cause, which is that they do not allow priests to marry or have sexual relations (with adults).

There is absolutely no evidence that celibacy increases the rate of sexual abuse. Catholic priests have the same rate of abuse as third-grade teachers. I can tell you as a Catholic whose father is a protestant minister that pastoring a church and having a family is an impossible balancing act. From my experience, the Catholic Church has the right idea about this.

> This is the organization that still does not recognize that men and women are equal.

They're not. Biology 101.

> This is the organization that is against abortion unconditionally, including in cases of rape, incest, or health of the mother.

The general idea is that the child is a life as well and two wrongs don't make a right. That being said, the church certainly recognizes diminished responsibility in these situations. The fundies may cause you to think otherwise, but it's the truth.

> This is the organization that does not allow the use of birth control, even when using the same could reduce the spread of AIDS and STDs, especially in developing nations.
Working with AIDS/HIV research, I can tell you that the UN's distribution of condoms hasn't stopped the spread of AIDS in Africa. INeither has the wide availability of contraceptives hasn't stopped unplanned pregnancies. In fact, there is a strong correlation between the availability and acceptance of birth control and divorce rates. Up until the early 20th century, every Christian church condemned birth control.

> I'm sorry, but I see the Catholic church as somewhat immoral. Therefore, I don't give a crap what they believe about marriage and divorce. Their views of marriage and divorce are the same as they have been for hundreds of years because they simply refuse to understand that times are changing.

Any group with 1 billion people in it is going to have some screwups. The fundamental tenet of Christianity is that people aren't perfect. The Catholic church's views on divorce and marriage are the same because they refuse to compromise their moral beliefs as many others have.

Just because times are changing doesn't mean right and wrong have changed - and it certainly doesn't mean the fundamentals marriage have changed.

What is the divorce rate amongst Catholics? Have they "solve" the divorce "problem"?
The divorce rate among Catholics who use Natural Family Planning (one of a few methods accepted by the church) rather than artificial birth control is 2%. Do you like your crow hot or cold?


RE: Cool
By clovell on 11/14/2007 2:33:43 PM , Rating: 1
Sorry if I came across a little harsh there, Tomz - I was shooting for a 'proportional response', but I realize these topics read VERY differently to different people.


RE: Cool
By TomZ on 11/14/2007 2:48:08 PM , Rating: 2
No, it's fine - I don't really expect anybody to change their religious views based on comments posted on DT. And I'm not going to argue any of the points beyond my original statement - it's a waste of effort really.


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