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Dating websites and divorce

Failure to be fully honest on dating website profiles could be used as evidence in divorce and child custody hearings, according to the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

AAML president Alton Abramowitz said:

“Dating website users can often face temptation to embellish some personal information on profiles, but this lack of honesty could prove costly for someone in the middle of a divorce or child custody case.”

He added:

“Identifying yourself as single when you are not, or listing that you have no children when you are actually a parent, can represent some key pieces of evidence against you during the divorce process.”

Almost two thirds of US divorce lawyers recently surveyed by the AAML have seen a surge in the number of cases citing dating websites over the past three years.

The majority – 64 per cent – had seen evidence from popular site Match.com, with only nine per cent reporting material from eHarmony.

Photo by beana_cheese via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

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