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Technology: both a factor in and a tool for infidelity

Technology has permeated nearly every aspect of our society. Like almost anything else, it has had both a positive and negative impact. The area of family law certainly has not remained immune from the effects. For instance, more and more evidence found on social media is being used in divorce and child custody cases.

Cellphones and social media can affect a relationship even before divorce is on the table, and for some may even put it there. A person can barely go out in public without seeing someone with his or her attention focused on a smartphone. Have you ever sat at a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale and noticed that more than one person at the table is looking at a mobile device? According to a recent survey, this kind of attention is prompting some spouses to cheat.

This study found that 45 percent of spouses that cheat did so because they felt that their partner devoted a little too much of their day to a tablet, cellphone, the Internet or other related types of technology. The most likely to cheat for this reason were women in the age range of 30 to 50.

For those that chose infidelity, technology also played a role in helping them cheat. The information mentioned above was collected from members of a dating website that was designed for married individuals that are actively looking for someone to cheat with. The website is called Victoria Milan and has approximately 6,000 members.

Two-thirds of those members said that the website and other technology helped them cheat, and without it, they most likely would not have cheated at all.

The assistance of a Fort Lauderdale attorney in a divorce, custody case or any other family law matter isn’t just beneficial for filling papers. An attorney can advise a client on how things such as technology could affect the outcome of a case.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Two Thirds Of Cheaters Would Stay Faithful If It Weren’t For Technology, Survey Suggests,” Nov. 12, 2013

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