French Judge Rules That Flirting Online Is Grounds For Divorce

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The Aix-en-Provence family court judge has granted 43-year-old Bruno a divorce from the 45-year-old mom his three children after getting busted on a dating website.

The 18-year marriage ended as a result of Nathalie’s flirting with men on Belgian dating website Netlog.

Online dating is now grounds for divorce in France, a judge has ruled.

A landmark court case means that husbands or wives who sign up to match-making websites are now at risk of having their vows annulled – even if it doesn’t lead to physical contact.

The precedent was set after a 45-year-old mom-of-three, known only as Nathalie, was found to have cheated on spouse Bruno, 43, after getting busted flirting online with men she’d never met.

A family court judge in Aix-en-Provence granted Bruno the divorce last month.

He agreed that the 2008 break-up, after 18 years together, was down to Nathalie’s online infidelity via the Belgium-based Netlog site, reports The Local.

Disregarding Nathalie’s defense that she was depressed at the time, the judge said it was not a factor in her online activities.

“Everyone agreed there’d been no physical infidelity,” Bruno’s attorney Helene Poivey-Leclercq said after the hearing.

“But the judge considered the act of seeking an extra-marital relationship was offensive behaviour towards the husband,” she added.
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