To remove the line above footnotes. From Word 2003 help:
Switch to normal view (normal view: A view that shows text formatting and a simplified page layout. Normal view is convenient for most editing and formatting tasks.).
On the View menu, click Footnotes.
If your document contains both footnotes and endnotes, a message appears. Click View footnote area or View endnote area, and then click OK.
In the note pane (pane: A portion of the document window bounded by and separated from other portions by vertical or horizontal bars.), click the type of separator you want to change or remove in the Footnotes or Endnotes box:
To change the separator that appears between the document text and notes, click Footnote Separator or Endnote Separator.
To change the separator for notes that continue from the previous page, click Footnote Continuation Separator or Endnote Continuation Separator.
Select the separator and make changes:
To remove the separator, press DELETE.
To edit the separator, insert a Clip Art divider line or type text.
To restore the default separator, click Reset.