Dating website info being used in divorces

Feb. 17, 2013 at 11:02 PM

CHICAGO, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- People who sign up for dating websites should provide accurate personal data because "lack of honesty could prove costly" in court cases, U.S. lawyers advise.

A recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers said 59 percent of the nation's top divorce attorneys have seen an increase in the number of cases using evidence taken from dating websites during the past three years.

Sixty-four percent of respondents said Match.com was the top website cited in online dating website evidence, followed by 9 percent who said eHarmony and 27 percent who listed other choices.

Relationship status was the most common evidence item mentioned at 57 percent, while 15 percent cited salary and occupation and 7 percent said parental status.

"Dating website users can often face temptation to embellish some personal information on profiles, but this lack of honesty could prove costly for someone in the middle of a divorce or child custody case," Alton Abramowitz, president of the AAML, said in a statement. "Identifying yourself as single when you are not, or listing that you have no children when you are actually a parent, can represent some key pieces of evidence against you during the divorce process."

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is comprised of the top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation, who are recognized experts in the specialized areas of matrimonial law.

No further survey details were provided.

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