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Virtual sex as a potential factor in child custody

Throughout the United States as well as in other countries, online gaming and related activities are highly popular. For many, these are simply games that are played for fun, often times by interacting with others in different locations. For other people, the availability of online sex or sexually-related activities has a strong lure. In Florida, couples who are getting or may be getting a divorce may want to be cautious about cybersex or similar activities during a divorce proceeding.

The reason is pointed out in an article that was recently published in the media. Some divorce courts take note of online sexual activity as a means of identifying the ultimate child custody arrangement through a divorce settlement. Any child custody dispute has the potential to be emotionally charged or adversarial but if one parent can be viewed negatively by any activities, whether or not legitimate, it may only serve to potentially hurt his or her chance in a custody agreement.

Courts are typically concerned about preserving a parent’s relationship with children but can still opt to award sole custody with parenting time for the other parent instead of joint custody for any number of reasons. While there is no clear-cut rule about how sex in a virtual setting is handled in divorce courtrooms, spouses are encouraged to take note of the potential for impact.

If you could be getting divorced and want to better understand Florida laws surrounding child custody, child support, parenting time and more, if can be worth your time to get a consultation with a good family law attorney.

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

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