If you are one of the 40 million Americans who are believed to have used dating websites in the past, and are now filing for divorce from your spouse, you may have to be prepared for the information that you uploaded the site, to be used in your divorce case. Divorce lawyers in a recent survey reported that they are coming across an increasing number of cases in which dating website information was dug up and presented at a divorce trial.
According to a survey conducted recently by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, as many as 50% of divorce lawyers in the country reported a spike in the number of cases involving evidence that was taken from the information posted in a person’s dating website profile over the past 3 years.
Match.com seemed to be the most fertile source for info, with approximately 64% of the lawyers reporting an increase in the number of cases involving evidence from this website. About 9% of the lawyers said that they had found information that had been dug out from eHarmony, while about 27 percent cited other websites
The kind of information that can be used in your divorce case includes the relationship status that you posted with 57% of the divorce lawyers, claiming that this information often made its way into a future divorce case. Your salary, the occupation you cite as well as parental status can also be used against you in a divorce.
Many people tend to “enhance” their dating website profiles, and include information that may be inflated, and not entirely correct in many cases. Be aware that such information, and such enhanced profiles can actually come back to haunt you if you file for a divorce.