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Child custody may be affected by parents' virtual affairs

Husbands and wives in Michigan that are considering ending their marriages have many issues with which to contend. The emotional challenges of a potential divorce are great and can include concerns about loss of a life partner as well as the welfare of any minor children. Decisions such as parenting time, legal custody, child support and others concerning children must be made.

When determining who will be the custodial parent or how child custody will be awarded in the wake of a divorce, judges look at many things to help identify what is in the best interests of the child or children involved. A recent media article discusses how the instance of sexual activity in an online setting may work against a particular parent. While cybersex is not generally looked upon as equal to a physical affair, it can be something that increases the chance of less time with children for the parent who engages in such activity.

As virtual affairs and other online sex options continue to increase, courts may well take such information into account more and more. Understanding how this may impact a divorce settlement, especially in relation to the determination of joint custody, legal custody or physical custody is important. Couples should also remember that custody determinations directly affects the amount of child support that is paid or received as the percent of time that children are with parents is a primary factor in this equation.

If you are concerned about the potential impact of cybersex or related activities in your divorce settlement, you may consider a consultation with an experienced family law attorney to know more clearly how local courts view such situations.

Source: Huffington Post, “Is Cybersex Grounds for Divorce?,” Andrew Feldstein, January 8, 2014

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