Online Divorce Filing as Sign of Economic Recovery: Data of Shows That in 2010, More Americans Filed for Divorce Online

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Data released today by, an online divorce service, shows that more Americans filed for divorce online in 2010 than in 2009. The increase in online divorce filings may indicate that people feel greater financial security, and thus are more comfortable making important legal and personal decisions that they previously delayed. However, other factors may also be at play, including the increased comfort level that people now have with the concept of turning to the Internet for addressing basic legal problems, such as an uncontested divorce. In addition, with the passage of no fault divorce in New York earlier this month, reported a deluge of orders for NY no fault divorce kits.

The trend toward online divorce filing is attributable to several factors. People realize that they don't need to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees when they can download divorce forms online and get the same results with a do it yourself divorce kit, a national provider of online divorce forms, reports that in 2010, increasing numbers of Americans turned to the Internet to file a divorce. This may be good news for the economy. According to economic experts, during times of acute economic distress, many people are deterred by financial insecurity from filing for divorce, which they delay until they feel more confident. Accordingly, the increase in the number of online divorce filings may actually be good news.

According to data compiled by leading online divorce forms website, even though 2010 is not yet over, statistics already show that more Americans are filing for divorce online in 2010 than in 2009. According to CEO Marc Rapaport, “Throughout 2010, there has been a noticeable increase in online divorce forms orders. It appears that as people feel more financially secure, they are ready to move on with their lives after failed relationships. We have experienced a substantial increase in the number of orders for do-it-yourself divorce kits and marital separation agreements.”

Rapaport noted that the increase in online divorce form orders was attributable to non-economic factors, including the widespread acceptance of online divorce services in uncontested divorce matters. According to Rapaport, “many people now realize that it is simply absurd to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees to lawyers to complete basic divorce documents. A do-it-yourself divorce kit saves both time and money.” Rapaport provides a unique perspective regarding the growth of online divorce because in addition to his website, he is also a divorce lawyer with a private law practice. Rapaport says that "for individuals with disputed divorce cases, divorce lawyers are essential, but for someone seeking a fast, uncontested or no fault divorce, a do-it-yourself divorce kit is ideal."

Rapaport offers a unique perspective regarding online divorce because Rapaport is also an experienced NY divorce lawyer, with a full service matrimonial law firm, Rapaport Law Firm, PLLC, in Manhattan's Empire State Building. Rapaport observed that when he began eleven years ago, the idea of obtaining legal information, forms and assistance via the Internet was a new concept. Over the past decade, the concept of getting a divorce by downloading an online divorce kit, which pioneered, has become mainstream. Online divorce services are more convenient, economical and easier for many people than hiring a full service matrimonial law firm.

In addition, during 2010, a number of states made changes to their divorce laws that made it easier to get a divorce. The most dramatic change occurred in New York, which finally passed no fault divorce. Since the New York no fault divorce law went into effect earlier this month, the staff have worked overtime to handle the dramatic increase in demand for New York divorce forms. Under the new NY no fault divorce law, individuals no longer face the unpleasant prospect of having to make allegations of fault against their spouses, thus making the process of divorce in New York less acrimonious. has risen to the occasion with NY no fault Divorce Kits that are easy to use and are ready for signature and filing with courts in all New York counties.

About was founded in 1999, and it is the leading provider of do-it-yourself, online divorce forms, separation agreements, and related matrimonial documents. is based in New York City, where it maintains offices in the Empire State Building.'s parent company, Empire State Legal Forms, Inc., provides legal forms for use in personal and business matters, through more than 130 websites.    


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