Author, Online Dating and Netiquette Expert, CEO of Cyber-Dating Expert, Media Personality, and Author of the Bestseller, "The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online." Now a French court has ruled that a woman from Aix-en-Provence, who was married for over 20 years, violated her marriage obligations because she was chatting with men online, even though she did not meet any of them. Whether it's financial problems, reduced or non-existent sex, different opinions on how to raise children or more, many of these issues can lead to depression, curiosity to find out if the grass is greener elsewhere, and eventually divorce.
The French judges ruled against the wife by stating that depression was not a good defense as to why she was communicating with men online.
Laws in France now state that spouses owe each other mutual respect, fidelity, and help.
Yes, couples go into marriage devoted to each other with all good intentions.
With over half of marriages ending in divorce, often those intentions fall by the wayside.
I often think that flirting on Facebook could be considered cheating, if the spouse doesn't know that you're chatting with someone from the opposite sex while they're sound asleep at night.
I also believe that married individuals should not be members of online dating sites for singles, where they are posing as unmarried.
In my book, The Perils of Cyber-Dating, one man was wooing women all over the country promising marriage, while he still had a wife at home. Sites such as e Harmony forbid those who are married to join their online dating site.
Still, studies are showing that one third of married men in the U. are frequenting Internet dating sites; some to look, and others to get emotionally or physically involved. K., Facebook was named in one third of divorce filings.
Julie Spira is a top online dating expert and founder of Cyber Dating
She was an early adopter of Internet dating and has been coaching singles online for 20 years.
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