an australian family law expert fears the hacking of the dating website ashley madison will lead to a spike in bitter divorces.
Alan Weiss founded Australia’s leading online family law website – www.aussiedivorce.com.au - and he says adultery is the leading trigger for marriage breakdown and, ultimately, divorce.
“Having an affair, in itself, doesn’t change the process of a family law matter. No-fault divorce is a key element of Australian Family Law,” he says.
But he fears the Ashley Madison case, where hackers released the personal data of those using the site, has the potential to make any subsequent divorces even more bitter than they might have been.
“The no-fault nature of divorce proceedings in Australia means the outcome won’t be affected by one party being involved in adultery. But it can still have an effect if that party recklessly spent money during an affair – say, splashing money on a mistress found through Ashley Madison. That can have severe consequences for any property settlement decision made by the court and can be seen as an aggravating factor,” Mr Weiss said.
Alan Weiss began the Aussie Divorce website 10 years ago to revolutionise family law proceedings for separating couple – helping them navigate the complex legal and emotional nightmare that divorce can be. It followed his personal experience of how devastating divorce proceedings could be after the breakdown of his own marriage. In the past decade, 1.4 million people have visited Aussie Divorce for information, advice or support.
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.