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Understanding online infidelity and divorce

Online cheating has swept through marriages in every area of the world. The problem for a spouse is proving what is happening is adultery. Courts in the United States have been slow to accept online infidelity as a reason for divorce in Texas despite the fact that an online relationship has the power to break up a marriage.

What is online infidelity?

What makes up online infidelity has led to a range of opinions and ideas entering the mainstream. For a Texas court to recognize online infidelity, those involved need to meet in person. Meetings taking place over messaging apps, social media platforms, and chat rooms are not enough for a court to recognize adultery as a reason for divorce. Online meetings for chat, sexual encounters, and entertainment are reasons for online infidelity.

Neglecting a family

Online relationships will often lead to one spouse acting on their online relationship. Traveling to meet an online partner is one part of the process of removing yourself from a family. Courts in Texas will recognize online infidelity as a reason for divorce when one spouse begins to neglect their family. Failing to meet a duty of care toward children can be a reason for divorce.

Monitoring online time

Once the divorce process has begun, a court will take into account time spent online as part of the settlement. Prolonged periods on gaming and relationship apps can be problematic when awarding child custody. Online infidelity is seen in some courts as a relinquishment of parental responsibility.

The lack of a legal definition of online infidelity is problematic during a divorce. Understanding the difficulties of proving online infidelity is important when starting divorce proceedings.