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CHARLESTON -- A Charleston attorney again is offering a free Valentine's Day divorce to West Virginia residents.

Charles "Rusty" Webb will be giving away a free divorce to the person who presents the most compelling story as to why they deserve a free divorce.

"I do this as a public service and I chose Valentine's Day because for many unhappy married people, the holiday is the worst day of the year when they can't get out of a bad marriage," Webb said. "I refer to it as Independence Day."

This is the third year Webb has done the contest. The first year he did it in conjunction with WKLC-FM, but has since done the contest by himself.

Webb said although the contest is only for West Virginia residents, he still gets a few out-of-state entries.

"It's interesting to see the other entries, but I can only pick West Virginia residents," he said. "I choose the person who can least afford it and would benefit the best from the service."

Webb said he received around 30 entries last year.

"I read through the entries and usually I just know who the winner will be," he said. "I read it and I know that person is the one who needs this the most."

The free divorce is limited to an uncontested, no-fault divorce with no or minimal child custody issues and with jurisdiction in West Virginia. Current Webb Law Firm clients are ineligible.

While the service is free, the winner will be responsible for all fees, costs and expenses associated with the divorce.

The winner will be announced Feb. 12.

Last year's winner was Michelle Brock from Cabell County, and 2008's winner was Christina Berry from Putnam County.

To enter the contest, go to www.rustywebb.com or www.freevalentinesdivorce.com.

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