Online dating cite

We take it pretty much as read that, if you’re married, it is perhaps inadvisable to be using a dating site, paid, free or otherwise. Unless of course, it’s a swinger’s site and you’re trying to spice things up a little.

However, if you’re looking online for love and your marital partner is unaware, you are perhaps putting the knot into the noose with which you will eventually hang yourself.

It is becoming an acceptable face of court proceedings to hand over single posts or web-page transcripts from social media platforms or online dating sites in supporting evidence of innocence or guilt, one way or the other. This practise applies particularly for insurance claims or divorces, the latter usually where one half of the couple is accused of contacting singles on dating sites, which obviously has implications.

Especially if the correspondent on an internet-based dating site is later named in divorce the application. At all times, it is key for members of any online dating agency or other type of social media that, unless you are paying for a totally discreet or adult dating service, you are posting into the public domain, where this information is accessible to anyone who has an internet connection and search engine.

The practise of submitting this type of ‘evidence’, however, was taken to a whole new level in the US recently when a judge not only asked for evidence supporting claims of interaction with an online dating community but also requested the user names & passwords of the soon-to-be divorced couple in order to ascertain the depth of usage and how much it reflected on the case as a whole.

It transpires that, once the wife learned of her husbands intentions to use pages submitted to her preferred dating site, she called her friend, asking her to access the account and delete ‘certain’ correspondence.
Having gotten wind of this, the husband’s solicitor had private words with the judge, who placed an injunction on the accounts, summoned the access information, and passed the id’s and passwords on to the opposing solicitors.

The only caveat the judge issued regarding restriction of usage on the respective media and dating sites was that neither party should post whilst under the hood of the other’s account, pretending to be them.

This case does question privacy and terms of usage issued by some sites, forbidding you to share your user information with any third party. But you have to face facts – marriage, or any committed relationship, brings with it responsibility, even legalities.

So if you are hitched, don’t want to get ditched, some insights to sites, may lead to court cites!

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