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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 Moishe on 11/15/2007 9:36:55 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... money is one of the number one reasons for divorce... which is nuts. Mature people need to be able to control themselves in many ways, including spending.

My wife and I have a setup like this. Any time more than $100 is spent it has to be talked about first (everyone gets their say). I love buying gadgets though... and I don't want to have to ask or justify every time I want to add a couple Gigs of RAM or upgrade the vid card in my PC. To solve this, we get an "allowance" which acts as our personal money. No talking/asking/thinking about spending it is required. That way I can save my allowance and burn the cash in the backyard (or buy a high priced useless gadget that women would see no value in) if I want and she has no say :) She can do the same.

I think this particular idea has saved us a lot of fights.

Basically, marriage is sacrificing and compromising control (realizing that life no longer revolves around you). But people can't live happily under a dictator or someone who nags, or picks, or is constantly on your back. So you gotta have clearly defined boundaries about what you can control. Money is a good place to do that if you have enough that you can spend a little extra now and then.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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