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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 Master Kenobi on 11/14/2007 7:01:59 PM , Rating: 2
Until the fetus can live on its own without the mother its nothing more than a parasite. Parasites can be removed if the host deems it necessary. The fetus is no different than any other paraside that dies when we medically remove it from the host (Worms, etc...). People pose moral dilema's, but the details in regards to abortion is pretty clear cut from a medical and scientific point of view.

RE: Cool
By TomZ on 11/14/2007 7:11:43 PM , Rating: 2
Referring to an unborn child as a "parasite" is prety cold. Technically a child is a "parasite" even after birth, if you choose to look at it that way.

I'm guessing you're not a parent... :o)

RE: Cool
By Master Kenobi on 11/14/2007 8:57:14 PM , Rating: 2
I just don't let my paternal emotions get in the way of logic.

RE: Cool
By Parhel on 11/14/2007 8:19:39 PM , Rating: 2
That's inaccurate. Parasites, by definition, are of different species from the host organism. In addition, a one year old child couldn't live on his or her own without the mother. Would you then go so far as to say that "aborting" a born infant is morally neutral as well?

RE: Cool
By Master Kenobi on 11/14/2007 9:11:30 PM , Rating: 2
That's inaccurate. Parasites, by definition, are of different species from the host organism.

Incorrect. You read the definition from Wikipedia which is inaccurate. Normally I would have no problem with wikipedia information but it didn't seem quite right. I rechecked the definition of Parasite with Encarta,, and a Biology text book.
An organism that grows, feeds, and is sheltered on or in a different organism while contributing nothing to the survival of its host.
That's the definition of a parasite. A Fetus fits this definition. Moving on.

In addition, a one year old child couldn't live on his or her own without the mother.

Sure it can, premature babies survive just fine without their mothers all the time. So do babies who's mother dies in child birth. The child has basic needs that can be satisfied by any caretaker, the mother is not required. After a year this becomes even easier as many internal organs are more developed and can handle harsher environments.

Would you then go so far as to say that "aborting" a born infant is morally neutral as well?

No. Even premature babies can survive without their mother. (See above). You are jumping to a conclusion based on an incorrect interpretation of my statement.

RE: Cool
By clovell on 11/15/2007 11:56:08 AM , Rating: 1
In that case, Mr. Kenobi, you're wrong. Pregnancy boosts a woman's immune system, and therefore does not qualify as a parasite since it does contribute something to the host.

As for the the post-partum aspesct - the child would still be a 'parasite' by your reasoning - the hsot would simply be different.

I see where you're coming from with this, but in all reality, medicine and science are practiced with ethics - so the argument is rather moot.

RE: Cool
By Master Kenobi on 11/15/2007 3:18:41 PM , Rating: 1
Ethics are a notion. Made up by people who are trying to apply morality to process.

RE: Cool
By clovell on 11/15/2007 5:32:35 PM , Rating: 1
um... ok?

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