Maryland might be a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning that you don’t have to prove your spouse was cheating on you, for instance, in order to get divorced. But this kind of evidence can still be used in many types of family law cases and can impact child custody and visitation decisions.
According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a recent survey shows that the dating website Match.com is a very common source of evidence.
If the judge is deciding whether or not to award primary custody of your kids to you or your ex-spouse, for example, putting “single w/ no kids” on your dating profile could prove damaging to your side of the case.
The president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers said: “Dating website users can often face the 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.”
And the no-fault law in Maryland makes things more complicated.
It takes a relatively significant amount of time to get a divorce once you’re separated from your spouse. In that time, both parties may want to start dating again, even though the divorce is not finalized. And, for better or worse, what happens during this time can be used against the other.