It is pretty common for people to create an online dating profile when
they are getting divorced. However, if you are married, separated, or
going through a divorce, the information you share on dating sites like
Match.com and eHarmony.com can be used as evidence against you in divorce
proceedings, financial support disputes, and other important matters that
will directly affect you.
A survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) revealed
that 59% of the nation’s top divorce attorneys have seen an increase
in the number of cases where evidence is taken from dating websites. According
to the president of AAML, “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.” For example, saying you are single when you are not, or stating
that you have no children when you actually do, can end up being key pieces
of evidence against you during your
Some of the key findings from AAML’s survey include:
- 59% of AAML members said they noticed an increase in the amount of evidence
obtained from dating websites during the past three years.
- Match.com was the most popular website for online dating, accounting for
64% of the respondents. eHarmony was second at 9% and 27% of respondents
cited other choices.
- A person’s “Relationship Status” was the most common
evidence cited in the survey, followed by “Salary and Occupation,”
and then the “Parental Status” listed by users.
As you can see, this type of evidence can be very useful for cases involving
child custody disputes, or suspicion of hidden assets. If you are going through a high
value divorce, you should be wary of using an online dating profile during
your divorce. Embellishing the truth or flat our lying can have devastating
effects on your divorce settlement. If you do choose to use an online
dating profile during your divorce, it is best to be honest with how you
portray yourself, though it might not be worth the risk. After all, do
you want your next relationship to start with lies about who you really are?
Are you going through a difficult divorce? Do you think your ex is concealing assets
from you? We can help. Call (205) 402-8808, or contact our Birmingham divorce attorney
to schedule a free case consultation today.