Following an investigation that revealed lax data security and deceptive practices, the Toronto-based parent company of Ashley Madison will pay a $1.6 million settlement.
The adultery dating site, marketed to those seeking an extramarital relationship, outed millions of subscribers in a data breach of the company’s computer system last year.
Husbands and wives across the world were tipped-off to their partners’ extramarital activities after the massive dump of information, leading some to divorce court.
Although the company will continue operating, as part of the deal, they must cease to engage in deceptive practices such as luring male customers with fake female profiles, and clean up their act with regard to data security.
Not surprisingly, infidelity is probably the single most damaging thing that can happen to a marriage and can easily lead to a divorce. Although, affected spouses may feel that there should be legal consequences in divorce for the betrayal and the chaos it wreaks on a family, in no-fault divorce states such as Illinois, infidelity will rarely affect how assets are divided or how alimony is calculated.
However, in some cases, the poor conduct on the part of the cheating spouse may provide leverage in getting a better settlement. If you have reached the point where you are considering divorce, it is important to work with an experienced divorce attorney to ensure that you are treated fairly with regard to property division, child support and custody and spousal maintenance. Contact the Law Offices of Schlesinger & Strauss LLC for help today.
Source: The Chicago Tribune, “Ashley Madison Settles With Government After Data Breach”, by Rob Gilles, December 14, 2016.