Attorneys Brace for Surge of Divorce Cases in Wake of Ashley Madison Hack
Last month, a group of hackers announced that they had successfully acquired private subscriber information from the popular dating site Ashley Madison – a site that enables its users engage in extramarital affairs.
However, hackers didn’t just acquire the site’s robust 39 million-user list – they leaked it to the public. The published list revealed names, credit card information and personal addresses of its clientele – approximately 90 to 95 percent of whom were men, according to specialists who examined the leaked information.
Lawyers around the country have, as a result, reported a spike in divorce representation inquiries, as spouses across the globe speculate whether or not their significant other was an Ashley Madison customer.
Although cheating spouses is unfortunately not an uncommon situation in family law cases, infidelity can factor in to divorce proceedings, sometimes to the benefit of the wronged spouse. In the United States, approximately 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, making the dissolution of marriage one of the most common family law issues in the country. And while events like the Ashley Madison hack may see that percentage rise in the future, the fact is that family law is a varied and complex practice, covering many issues outside of divorce.
Divorce and Other Family Law Issues
When difficult family matters arise, it is important to have legal representation that you can trust. It’s not just the sensitive nature of these matters – family laws vary on a state-by-state basis, and it is important to retain representation that understands both your situation and the nuances of your state’s laws.
Although many think of family law strictly in the divorce sense, the fact is that family law is a broad and complex practice. Family law cases include situations related to:
- Separation Agreements
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Paternity Tests
- Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders
Infidelities, like those exposed in the Ashley Madison hack, are often a cause of divorce, and in some states can be claimed as the reason for divorce. However, the state of California is a “no-fault” divorce state, which essentially means that a spouse could not allege their significant other’s wrongdoing was responsible for the dissolution of the marriage.
In San Diego the attorneys of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP specialize in family law matters, including divorce and separation settlements. Our team of legal experts are dedicated to supporting you during this difficult time as we work to achieve a favorable resolution in your case.
If you or someone you love is currently involved in a family law issue in the San Diego area, we welcome your call today. We invite you to call us at (858) 935-6211 to consult with one of our attorneys.