A virtual adultery epidemic has swept the nation. Online chat rooms, Facebook, twitter and other forms of social media have enabled individuals to make virtual connections that some argue are grounds for divorce. Adultery is defined as intimate sexual activity outside of marriage. However, virtual infidelity has become an increasingly important issue in Family Law. Virtual infidelity can eventually lead a party to act. If a spouse travels to meet an online partner in person, courts may infer adultery without much difficulty.
A Look At Internet Infidelity
Is Online Infidelity Really Cheating on Your Partner?
Cyber-sex, sexting, lurid Facebook messages, and other forms of virtual infidelity are becoming increasingly prevalent in Family Law. With vastly improved computer graphics and enhanced reality, the real world and the virtual world are becoming increasingly blurred. Video gaming is now bigger than the Hollywood film industry. Adults and teens alike eagerly await the next installment of their favorite game, which makes back its development costs in just a week. While people may think their online indiscretions are harmless or "don't count," the consequences of their behavior are very real. No doubt virtual infidelity will become an increasingly important issue in many divorces in the future. To be granted a divorce in Canada, an individual has to show that the marriage has broken down, established by one of the three grounds listed in section 8 of the Divorce Act :.
The Truth About Online Cheating
It began shortly after the internet became available for home use and has grown in epidemic proportions. Some view pornography and masturbate; others meet people online who are interesting in meeting in person to engage in sexual activity and nothing else. Still others meet in chat rooms to engage in cyber sex. Both men and women stay up until the wee hours of the morning to engage in sexual acts while their spouse sleeps in a room down the hall, unaware that their spouse is just up the hall committing adultery.
In the past, infidelity was a matter of clandestine meetings, lies about "business trips," awkward excuses about the scent of perfume on a dress shirt. Now it's possible to become involved with someone other than your spouse or partner by hooking up online. But while it may seem innocent enough—after all, you aren't in physical contact—online cheating really is just that: cheating.