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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 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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