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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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Hah, yay for singleism
By sj420 on 11/14/2007 1:25:27 PM , Rating: 1
I am glad I will NEVER have to worry about anything of the sort. After going through a few roller coaster rides as a teen I finally decided that at this age (18-22) you don't even know yourself let alone other people, so it is stupid to get married if only for tail or money or because you had to because of kids. Even 30 and under, you still really are too young and you should be experiencing life, getting all of that energy out of you. Then settle down. People seem likes it common practice and "Normal" to get married at 18, right out of highschool. Even 22, 24, 26, etc. Depending on the person. I mean if someone is 28 and they still go to cancun for "spring break" they aren't someone that should be getting married. To me, 34 sounds about right.

But when you aren't looking, Never sounds just about right.

The whole deal with relationships, all of the little things involved in them, are more of a nuisance than a "blessing" as some would say. Let alone how people are, just the whole process of getting to know someone is troublesome. I might be cynical but it is a waste of time to me because they just stab you in the back in the end.

Besides if two people really did "love" each other then they could stay together without being married (common law would mean you were married by 7 years of being together, even without technically "being" married) but even then they can still take all your things because they technically have a "stake" in your life if they spend time with you - and for some reason the courts just love dogging down on the guys when the chick is more often or not the sole problem in the relationship, not to say that there aren't vice versa situations as well where the guy is the sole problem but still. When you aren't driven by something like lust you just don't care. Finding a person that doesn't have some kind of mental problem, that doesn't take pills and smokes cigs, or whatever, finding a person without their own problems is impossible. I have too many problems of my own to be concerned with anyone elses little problems, let alone some womans small ordeals.

Whatever, all of that is stupid to me and I am just happy and content by myself. I get to do what I want to do, think what I want to think, feel what I want to feel, like the things I want to like, my money stays my money, my possesions stay my possessions, and I don't have to consider anyone before doing something - just myself. I don't have to ask someone what they want to eat for dinner before eating, I don't have to wait for them to get home to enjoy a nice meal by myself. I don't have to WORRY about someone else, its that simple. I don't have to consider a single other person when they more or less just get in my way.

I am the definition of a Lone Wolf.

Get out of my way.

RE: Hah, yay for singleism
By Parhel on 11/14/2007 1:27:50 PM , Rating: 2
I give you 2 years before you're married.

RE: Hah, yay for singleism
By TomZ on 11/14/2007 1:36:50 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting post. All I can say is that amazing and wonderful things can happen in your life when you get beyond yourself and let others into your life. As others have said, getting married was one of the best decisions of my life. When I was in my early 20's, I probably would have written a post like yours, but now I see what it is like being married.

Not that marriage is all fun and games - actually it's a hell of a lot of work. But there is still plenty of room in a marriage to still be an individual, but in addition to being an "I" you are also part of a "we" which can be a good thing. Marriage is what you make of it, just like anything else.

And then there are kids. I thought being married was a good thing - having kids blows that away. Words can't really describe it. Again, very hard, requires tons of care/attention and giving of yourself. But the rewards are amazing.

As the other poster said, I'll give you a few years. Hopefully you'll find someone who will change your life and get you to write a post like this one someday.

RE: Hah, yay for singleism
By sj420 on 11/14/07, Rating: 0
RE: Hah, yay for singleism
By Lord 666 on 11/14/2007 2:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
How much porn on your harddrive might dicatate how long you want to stay all by yourself.

Judging from the amount of time on your hands to write these graduate thesis replies, it might be time to just step away from the computer son.

RE: Hah, yay for singleism
By sj420 on 11/14/2007 7:09:21 PM , Rating: 1
I have 0 on my HDD, only a fool keeps it on his HDD.

It doesn't take long at all, writing 100+ WPM it really takes less then 5-10 minutes. I actually like to think for longer than two sentences, unlike many americans.

But first, father, I won't step away from the computer but to STAB YOU WITH THIS LIGHTSABER~!

A computer is like the new source of all information. It is like reading a book, constantly, the book always updating with new information. It is an important tool in these pioneering years for the future. Do not neglect it.

As for my point on divorce and to stop from going off topic from divorce, if someone really thinks they can stay together they will. They won't need to get married to prove they can, after all it is just a tax difference and a label. If those things are just meaningless fake realities to you then marriage all together is useless.

Therefor, there would be no divorce, because those that would want to stay with each other would.

Not in this world. Love is not a concern, money is a matter. If you are in it for love you will be hurt.

RE: Hah, yay for singleism
By Master Kenobi on 11/14/2007 7:10:31 PM , Rating: 2
That's not a bad idea. They say women mature faster than men... but I'm not entirely sure thats true anymore. I know several women in the 28-30 range that still party, get wasted, come into work monday morning with massive hang overs, and demonstrate the inability to properly plan out their careers, finances, futures in general. They all have boyfriends and will likely get married because.....
1) The boyfriend is pretty stupid to want to put up with this.
2) The boyfriend is no better. (Most likely)
3) Divorce waiting to happen because Marriage is like this mythical thing they think solves all problems and then once reality hits them in the face with the cold water they run away from it and back to the "good times". (Very Common)

Want my advice? If your wife is as career and financially successful as you, keep her. If she isn't and has the classic problems of poor planning, financial stupidity, constant lush, then don't even waste your time. You will just end up raising her along with your kids (Works the other way if you are a woman and marry a loser for a husband, same advice applies.)

RE: Hah, yay for singleism
By TomZ on 11/14/2007 7:17:55 PM , Rating: 1
LOL, your advice is pretty funny, especially the part about taking care of your wife like a child. In most cases I've ever seen, exactly the opposite is true - the wife takes care of the children as well as the husband as if he were another child.

I also think you should broaden your perspectives in terms of the value of a woman. There's more to life than marrying an exact clone of yourself. :o)

RE: Hah, yay for singleism
By Master Kenobi on 11/15/2007 9:06:40 AM , Rating: 2
Value of a man or woman is in question here. People hold no inherent value unless you have a use for them. Kids are a nuisance and the population of the planet is already on the high side. Not having kids is a good financial decision, as well as helps to decrease the booming human population.

As for the value of a woman, no different from the value of a man. Both can be just as worthless to the opposite gender.

RE: Hah, yay for singleism
By clovell on 11/15/2007 12:07:55 PM , Rating: 1
The world population isn't exactly 'booming', and while kids can be a nuisance sometimes, more often they're awesome. People have inherent value, rights, and freedoms - our country is based on these principles.

RE: Hah, yay for singleism
By theapparition on 11/15/2007 8:49:04 AM , Rating: 2
but in addition to being an "I" you are also part of a "we" which can be a good thing.

Just laughed when I saw this, not because of the content, because it reminded me of another quote.

There's no "I" in team, but there is a "ME"

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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