According to the married dating agency AshleyMadison.com, Hampstead is the second most adulterous area in London, with the number one spot going to Richmond.
The website also revealed that it is also married women who are seeking romance outside of their marriage.
Chief executive of AshleyMadison.com, Noel Biderman puts wealth down to Richmond and Hampstead appearing as numbers one and two in the research. Biderman commented “the more financially independent and successful woman or man is, the more likely they are to have an affair”.
Mark Freedman, partner in the family department at Osbornes comments:
“Solicitors are definitely seeing an increase in the number of people seeking divorce advice. This ties into recent divorce figures released by the office of national statistics, which shows that divorce figures are rising. In 2010 there were 119,589, which was up by nearly 5% from 2009.
Another interesting fact revealed is that divorce has increased women in the age brackets 25-29 and 30-43.”
Seeking a divorce?
If you are seeking a divorce in England it is necessary to establish one of more of the following facts:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Two years separation with consent
- Five years separation
What is Adultery?
It is not possible to start divorce proceedings based on having committed adultery yourself. If you wish to start proceedings it must be based on your spouse’s adultery.
Adultery can be difficult to prove, if your spouse is willing to admit to it there will no problem. If there is actual evidence (for instance the birth of a child) this can also be relied upon.
Unless the adultery has been admitted or can be proved you may be better to base your divorce proceedings on unreasonable behaviour, at which you can cite your spouse’s relationship with another person being included as one example of that behaviour.
If you continued to live with your spouse for more than 6 months after you discovered that they committed adultery, you cannot use it as a basis for divorce. If the adultery is continuous then the 6 month period runs from the date of your discovery of the last act of adultery.
How Osbornes solicitors can help
If you are seeking a divorce, Osbornes solicitors can advise you on what fact you pursue the application. For a confidential chat contact one of our divorce solicitors.
You can also contact us for advice on any other family law issue.
The family department at Osbornes is recommended and ranked by independent legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Our specialist family lawyers in London advise on all aspects of family lawincluding divorce law.