CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- If you are married, separated, or going through a divorce, you might want to make sure to fill out your online dating profiles as accurately as possible. Overall, 59% of the nation's top divorce attorneys have seen an increase in the number of cases using evidence taken from dating websites during the past three years, according to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Match.com was cited by 64% of the respondents as a primary source, while 57% noted the Relationship Status listed by users as the most common piece of evidence.
"Dating website users can often face 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," said Alton Abramowitz, president of the AAML. "Identifying yourself as single when you are not, or listing that you have no children when you are actually a parent, can represent some key pieces of evidence against you during the divorce process."
In all, 59% of AAML members cited an increase in the use of evidence from dating websites during the past three years, while 25% noted a decrease, and 16% said no change. Match.com was the top website for online dating website evidence with 64% of the respondents, eHarmony was second at 9% and 27% noted other choices. Relationship Status was the most common evidence item with 57% in the survey, followed by Salary and Occupation at 15% and 7% noted the Parental Status listed by users.
Founded in 1962, the mission of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) is to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.
Comprised of the top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation, members are recognized experts in the specialized areas of matrimonial law, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, legal separation, annulment, custody, property valuation and division, support, and the rights of unmarried couples.
SOURCE American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers