Gadsden, AL- Users of website Ashley Madison were in for a surprise yesterday when hackers stole their personal information and threatened to out all of the site’s nearly 37 million cheaters if it wasn’t taken down. Now as the cheaters remain nervous they will be outed, divorce attorneys are speculating what effect the hack will have on their business and future cases.
Yesterday, visitors to Ashley Madison, a website that caters to people who want to cheat on their partners or spouses, were confronted with this threat according to Computerworld:
“We have hacked them [Ashley Madison] completely, taking over their entire office and production domains and thousands of systems, and over the past few years have taken all customer information databases, complete source code repositories, financial records, documentation, and emails, as we prove here. And it was easy. For a company whose main promise is secrecy, it’s like you didn’t even try, like you thought you had never p*ssed anyone off.”
That message was accompanied by a threat to the company that runs Ashley Madison: Take down the site or hacking group, the Impact Team will release all the names and habits of the site’s 37 million users cheaters. Such a threat sent shockwaves across the internet and some divorce law firms speculated that if the hackers actually release that sensitive information, there will be an increase in divorce petitions in Alabama and across the country. But some divorce lawyers aren’t sure if this will play out since people react differently to infidelity and many couples try to save their marriages after an affair.
So far, the Impact Team hasn’t lived up to their promise, but the divorce lawyers at USAttorneys are standing by in case they do. Some anticipate a huge fallout of divorce filings from this scandal, but whether or not that will actually manifest remains to be seen.
Modern divorce courts don’t treat infidelity and other behaviors as major factors in how a couple’s assets are divided or how child custody is decided. Events that lead to a breakdown in a marriage don’t have an influence on the final divorce settlement in Alabama. The state, like most is a no-fault divorce state which means a couple can divorce without having to prove their loved one was at fault for the breakdown in their relationship.
Infidelity rarely impacts child custody cases either, unless the cheating spouse somehow endangered the welfare of their children by having them around the person they are cheating with. Perhaps there are drug problems or issues with abuse. This rarely happens but it isn’t impossible.
But infidelity can have an influence during the negotiation stage of a couple’s dissolution. During the course of these negotiations, one spouse can leverage their spouse’s cheating to secure a better divorce settlement, but doing so requires the representation of a savvy divorce lawyer in Alabama. They will protect a spouse’s interests and work to secure a generous settlement on behalf of their clients.