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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 3:44:51 PM , Rating: 1
> That could be used as an argument either for or against abortion, couldn't it? :o)

Maybe - although how well it would actually stand up would depend on whether you consider a fetus a person.

> There are a lot of people who believe that abortion has helped to solve a lot of serious social problems, for example the theory that the drop in crime in the 1990's was related to the legalization of abortion in the United States.

I haven't heard that before. I don't see how those dots connect - I mean, Roe v Wade happened decades before the 1990s.

> And if you think about it, bringing unwanted children into the world is not exactly a very good situation either. The outcome for those children is typically pretty bad in general

It's definitely a lose-lose. Depending on your moral convictions, though, your choice of which loss to take can vary.


RE: Cool
By retrospooty on 11/14/2007 9:40:09 PM , Rating: 2
"> There are a lot of people who believe that abortion has helped to solve a lot of serious social problems, for example the theory that the drop in crime in the 1990's was related to the legalization of abortion in the United States.

I haven't heard that before. I don't see how those dots connect - I mean, Roe v Wade happened decades before the 1990s."


What he mant, and I agree is that Roe v wade in the early 70 = less unwanted unattended and un(properly)parented kids in the 70's and 80's = less criminals in the 90's and today.


RE: Cool
By glitchc on 11/15/2007 12:41:10 AM , Rating: 2
Sheesh, how tiresome...

Need I remind people on this forum, once again, that that particular theory from Freakonomics has been thoroughly and completely debunked.

The correlation did not hold water, fellas and lassies. The analysis was flawed. Give it up.


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