BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - The Brazilian Senate has approved a bill that would allow consensual divorces to be filed and resolved on the Internet.

The Senate's official news agency says the bill would speed divorce proceedings, allowing couples to split without lawyers or having to wait in line in court.

Couples could file for legal separations, divide property and decide alimony via the Internet as well, according to the bill approved Wednesday by the Senate constitutional commission.

It would have to be approved by the House of Representatives and signed by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva before becoming law.

The Senate commission also voted in June to eliminate the required year of legal separation before a divorce can be granted.

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