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By using the internet, do you raise the risk of divorce?

The theory goes something like this: those of us who use the internet are exposed to things that cause some to stray from their marriages. With a click of a mouse, people can find things such as social media sites where they can find former lovers, not to mention an abundance of pornography and sites serving up everything from news to recipes with eye-popping photos and videos.

The internet also offers up dating sites, including the infamous Ashley Madison site that encourage married people to cheat. “Life is short,” the site coos. “Have an affair.” Now that hackers have laid bare names and addresses of the site’s customers, many observers expect lines to form outside of divorce courts stretching from Las Vegas to Miami and everywhere in between.

The Ashley Madison data dump reportedly contains contact information for 32 million users (analysts aren’t sure yet how many of the accounts are legitimate). Reuters states that social scientists say that these kinds of websites don’t generate cheating that would otherwise not exist, but rather simply make infidelity easier.

A professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas told the news service that it’s ironic that dating sites have made it easier for people to find romantic partners “and at the same time, (easier) to cheat on that relationship partner.”

Infidelity is certainly one of the leading causes of divorce, along with communications problems, financial difficulties, incompatibility, physical and emotional abuse, parenting differences and even weight gain. An experienced Las Vegas family law attorney understands those reasons and many more, helping you to get through the legal process no matter how or why you arrived at the decision to divorce.

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