This past week a group of hackers claim to have stolen the personal information of some 37 million users of a web site that purports to connect married people for the purpose of having extramarital affairs. It has been reported that 2,500 member records were posted online before the company got a court order having them removed under copyright law. Some observers believe that a mass release of this information could create an influx of divorce filings throughout the nation, including here in Ohio.
One bit of good news was that the hackers don't seem to be upset with the members but rather with the company itself. In any event, some divorce financial planners and family law attorneys analogized the incident to explain some general principles of divorce strategy. In general, when a party lets hurt feelings influence the decisions in a divorce proceeding, this can lead to highly emotional decisions. It can instill an adversarial approach that is ultimately damaging to the individual's future financial well-being.