Lawmakers are slowly making divorce easier in Maryland, but you still have to file a complaint with the court and go to a hearing to get a divorce.  Meanwhile, England and Wales have introduced digital divorces.  Couples can apply for divorce online with a few clicks, upload supporting documents and pay court fees.

Digital Divorces Satisfaction

During the test phase, over 90% of the people using the system said they were satisfied with it.

“It was marvelous, pain-free and less stressful than the paper form which I tried several years ago to complete but got fed up of it being rejected,” said Elaine Everett,

China is also experimenting with a trial program on WeChat, its most popular instant messaging service.  A divorce button allows people to make an appointment with the divorce registration office via the Internet.

Click the Easy Button

The downside is these systems make divorce only a click of the Easy Button.  “Couples might pull out of marriages much more easily and quickly than they otherwise would, states Dr. Sam Carr at the University of Bath. “This could be good – but it could also be bad in the sense that if we simply have to click our fingers to end our marriages, then how can we learn about, appreciate, understand, and grow from the trials and tribulations that all marriages inevitably have to face from time to time?”