Forbes: Will The Ashley Madison Hack Result In New Divorce Cases?


The threats to publicly out 37 million users of the online cheating service whose information was hacked from’s servers are raising questions among divorce service professionals and marriage counselors alike. Could the public display of people seeking affairs result in more divorce filings? How will those individuals named be harmed in a divorce? I spoke with Emma Johnson, a financial reporter with Forbes, about the issue:

“There is a real cultural disparity between what people expect will happen in court in the case of infidelity, and what actually happens,” says Richardson. “The ‘victim’ of cheating believes that what happened to them is the worst of the worst. They instinctively believe that they will go to court and the judge will let their husband or wife have it. But when they get to court, the judge has no interest in the salacious details of your marriage. To them, it’s just another marriage that didn’t work out.”

There are are incidence when cheating can be leveraged to win a better settlement or ruling, Richardson says:

  • You might be able to have more say over your custody or visitation arrangement if you can prove your spouse was bringing a lover around the kids, or spending time flirting online with potential hookups while with the children.
  • If a prenup specifies steeper financial payouts in the event of infidelity. Serial cheater Tiger Woods’s prenuptial agreement contained such a clause.
  • If proof of an affair can be used to damage the soon-to-be-spouse’s personal or professional reputation.4edcee086ebf5

Read more from the story at Ashley Madison Hack Would Mean ‘Boon for Divorce Lawyers and Marriage Therapists’

WWYD if he’s on the list? Have you faced issues in your marriage that made the divorce more difficult? Were you able to overcome after an affair?

Discuss in the comments.


2 thoughts on “Forbes: Will The Ashley Madison Hack Result In New Divorce Cases?

  1. It is interesting to see the impact that will increase with divorce lawyers due to the website is sad to see that so many have participated in this. This will be interesting to see the financial impact this will have with divorce lawyers.


  2. Excellent article! I’m glad that I stumbled upon it because I’ve been thinking about getting a divorce. I think it’s interesting that the Ashley Madison hack is going to cause more cases. That makes sense, though, if you’re having affairs, I would imagine that your spouse wouldn’t be too happy with you. Thanks for sharing this interesting article with us; it’s been very informative!


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