Couples meet online. They choose gifts, plan weddings, scout romantic locales and book honeymoons online. And, if things don’t work out, they can pull the plug and file for divorce online.
It’s not quite as simple as saying “I divorce thee, I divorce thee, I divorce thee” like they do in Malaysia or Dubai, but an uncontested divorce can be almost that easy if you believe the Web sites’ reassuring claims of “legal and valid,” “fast and low-cost,” “safe and confidential.”
With the U.S. divorce rate at about 50 percent, millions of Americans are drawn to the Internet to seek professional assistance or just basic information about the legal, financial or psychological aspects of dissolving a marriage.
The Internet, to an extent, de-emotionalizes divorce, which for many is a traumatic experience.