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With This Mouse, I Thee Sever

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With This Mouse, I Thee Sever

Got a bad marriage but a good modem? Rather than fly to Las Vegas for a quickie divorce, more couples will soon be calling it quits on the Web. Desktop Lawyer, a British online legal service, is scouting out partners for its e-divorce service in the U.S. and Europe. Sound like a cyberscam? Desktop Lawyer has proven its case. Since July, 1,500 couples have paid $130 to download the software. That's cheap. British lawyers typically charge $800.

Desktop's clients simply log on to to get the software. The package includes a questionnaire that draws up a divorce contract according to the answers. Once customers e-mail the completed documents to Desktop Lawyer, they proceed by snail mail to the courts. With costs this low, maybe divorcees will have enough money left to vacation in Vegas.Inka Resch

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