Judge Rules Online Flirting Is Grounds For Divorce

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 05/12/2014 | 03:30 PM EDT

Online dating is taking new form in the court of the law

We all know these days the Internet can get you in a world of trouble. One wrong move in cyber land and you can lose your job...and it can also be used against you in divorce court. That’s according to a French judge who ruled that online dating is grounds for an annulment.


In a landmark court case, the judge concluded that husbands or wives who sign up to match-making websites are now at risk of having their vows annulled - even if it doesn't lead to physical contact. In the case, a wife was found to have cheated on her husband after getting caught flirting online with men she’d never met. At the end of the case, the judge ruled in favor of the husband and granted him the divorce.

According to a report, the wife’s defense was that she was depressed and everyone had agreed that there was no physical contact involved. The judge, however, said that it was not a factor in her online activities. The judge considered the act of seeking an extra-marital relationship as an offensive behavior towards her husband.


While there are very few people who would probably take their spouse to divorce court after seeing a few flirtatious messages on a dating app, it’s quite fascinating to think that it could potentially become a modern legal qualifier for what constitutes infidelity. To what extent is flirting? However, the general consensus is that cheating is cheating no matter the medium.

Guess people should start including “online cheating” in their prenuptial agreements.

What do you think? Is online flirting cheating or grounds for a divorce?

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