A judge in Connecticut has ordered a husband and wife to swap passwords for their Facebook, My Space and online dating sites as part of their divorce proceedings. The couple’s divorce solicitors can then hunt for online evidence of cheating and, if anything is found, it may be ammunition for a more favourable divorce settlement.
With more and more of us using social media to post photos online and get in touch with old friends, colleagues and classmates it’s no surprise that spouses are increasingly finding evidence of their other half’s indiscretions online. If you live in England, rather than America, what impact will this evidence have on the divorce advice you receive? Is it grounds for divorce?
In England the only ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This is proven by relying on one of five facts, including your spouse’s adultery. If your spouse refuses to admit to adultery the only options are to change your divorce petition or to prove the adultery, which is easier said than done. A family law solicitor can advise you fully on your options and help guide you through the divorce process.
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