Peoples responses to a recent BBC poll on sexual attitudes gave some surprising answers! As a divorce lawyer I was particularly interested to see what people felt counted as “adultery”. Interestingly men and women’s responses appear to have been quite different and many saw cyber sex as “cheating”.
The law in this country would not agree. For there to be an adultery divorce petition there needs to be sexual intercourse by the respondent. The intercourse must be between a consenting man and woman.
The legal definition of adultery does not cover emotional relationships or sexual intimacy. Nor does it include cyber sex.
In such circumstances the Petitioner would need to detail the unreasonable behaviour of their spouse to commence divorce proceedings.
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The survey suggested men and women take a different view on cheating. Three-quarters of women said they considered a partner paying for an online experience (such as cyber sex) and kissing someone other than their partner to be cheating. But only half of men said the same. Nine in 10 UK adults (91%) said that having sex with someone other than their partner was cheating, but only two in five (40%) said browsing on a dating app was being unfaithful.