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From ABC News
By Anne-Marie Dorning
Estimates suggest that 50 percent of all people who get married stay married.
Good for them. This is about the other half: the ones for whom the dream of till death do us part wind up in the reality of divorce.
A couple thinking of uncoupling these days faces a wide range of choices: from a full-blown litigated custody battle, to a mediated settlement, to a quick click on No Fault Divorce Online, a Web site that promises a fast and easy divorce for as little as $28.95.
So how do you choose the divorce that's right for you?
Clearly many couples will be lured by the promise of a cheap and painless digital divorce. And an online service might be the right choice if you've been married for a short time (less than two years) and don't have any children.
But proceed with caution.
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Just what we need, easier divorces. This flies right in the face of everything that Texas is trying to do to save the institution of marriage. In all fairness, these net-special $29 divorces are not so easy to come by. They require that both parties be in complete agreement about the division of all assets and for there to be no children involved. Chances are this product is expressly for dissolving Vegas-marriages that were the result of a hot hand of dice and two too many Red Bull and vodkas. It seems like divorce (since it is has become commonplace) is far less acrimonious than it once was. Maybe ‘irreconcilable differences’ and the it’s-not-you-it’s-me attitude have rubbed off on everyone. Maybe the increasing likelihood of pre-nups have made things easier. What’s the point in fighting if the outcome is pre-ordained?