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 NEW YORK, May 18 /PRNewswire/ The age-old stress and distress of confronting the subject of divorce now has a high tech solution. Just by dialing 1-900-786-LAWS on any phone, any caller can gain easy, affordable access to authoritative information on separation and divorce.
 Introduced this month by The Legal Information Group, Inc., based here, The Legal Information DivorceLine (TM) provides electronic briefings on the most important aspects of New York divorce law. Issues like "What will happen to my house?" and "Who gets custody of my children?" are addressed in a straight-forward manner, yet with all the privacy of a confidential phone call.
 A single phone call offers the caller a menu of seven topics: Division of Marital Property, Alimony, Child Support, Child Custody, Grounds and Procedure for Obtaining a Divorce, Separation, and Finding an Attorney and Fees.
 Says Bob Segal, president of The Legal Information Group, parent company of The Legal Information DivorceLine: "Many referral services report that the highest number of consumer inquiries are about matrimonial law. Yet, people are often hesitant to take that 'first' step and make an appointment with a lawyer to discuss marital problems. DivorceLine alleviates that psychological barrier. It's easy and discreet and affordable."
 Affordability is an important consideration. A phone call to 1-900-786-LAWS costs the consumer $3 a minute. DivorceLine topic segments each run between 5 and 10 minutes. So a single telephone call on one topic costs only $15 to $30. In contrast, an initial consultation with a matrimonial attorney could cost up to $250 to $350.
 The caller can listen to one segment, choose to continue a call with additional segments, or call back another time.
 Importantly, Segal emphasizes, DivorceLine is not a referral service. The caller retains his/her anonymity. No one will ever follow up a DivorceLine call with a call back or letter.
 But convenience and low cost mean little without quality. The caller can have a high level of confidence in DivorceLine information, Segal explains. All DivorceLine briefings were scrutinized by a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In addition, every shareholder of The Legal Information Group is a practicing attorney.
 Segal also suggests that DivorceLine may have a happier side. "Every call doesn't mean the beginning of another divorce. Sometimes the stress in marriage can be relieved with access to information. DivorceLine is one such source."
 DivorceLine is the first electronic advisory service being marketed by The Legal Informtion Group. Segal reports that other topics of high consumer interest are in the planning stages.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Bob Segal is available for interviews./
 /CONTACT: Bob Segal of The Legal Information Group, 212-697-9000/ CO: Legal Information Group ST: New York IN: SU:

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