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Adultery More Common in Britain

One of the world’s largest internet dating websites, Ashley Madison has signed up more than 1 million Britons since its launch in 2010. British television has refused to show the company’s adverts whose tag is “Life is short. Have an affair”.

Its founder and chief executive Noel Biderman believes that British adults and those in Australia and Canada are more likely to have an affair than other cultures suggesting that infidelities among more prominent members of British society influenced this trend.

He went on to say that many join the site out of curiosity and then move on to actively meeting other people. The site runs in 45 countries and has 32 million members. Ashley Madison believe that women between the ages of 18 and 39 are more likely than men to be looking for an affair but that men are more likely to commit adultery in the over 40s. 

As Divorce Solicitors we certainly find that adultery is one of the most commonly pleaded facts for the breakdown of a marriage. Unreasonable behaviour is also often used and both adultery and unreasonable behaviour avoid the need to wait. The actual ground for the divorce is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and it is then proved by either adultery, unreasonable behaviour, 2 years separation if both parties consent , 5 years separation, or desertion for more than 2 years. 

Adultery cannot be used as the ground for divorce if the parties have lived together as a couple for more than six months since the affair came to light. It is not necessary (or encouraged by the courts) to name the third party. The fact of the adultery also has no bearing on any decision about financial matters.

At Slater and Gordon Lawyers we offer fixed price divorce packages and charge £299 +VAT and court fees for our a Lawyer Assisted Divorce Package and £650 +VAT and court fees for our Full Divorce Package. 

Tara Deegan is the Family Lawyer Mediator for the South of England at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.

For an initial consultation call freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online.

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