Want to Get a Divorce in France? Text Messages Now Considered Evidence.

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A court in France – which does not have no-fault divorce, so absent an agreement to divorce you must prove that one of the spouses did something bad – has ruled that text messages can now be used as evidence of adultery.

Although the ruling was handed down a couple of months ago, it was only recently discovered and reported by the French media.

Divorce attorneys across France have cheered the new rule.


“It’s a very good decision. It facilitates … collecting evidence… I tell my clients: If they receive text messages with insults, threats, various things … go and register that {with the justice ministry}.” said Laurence Mayer, a divorce lawyer in Paris.

Mayer added that “Before, people used to stay together because it was convenient, now they get separated like it’s nothing. People no longer want to stay and be annoyed by a spouse they cannot stand.”

Opined a spokesperson for the French Justice Ministry, “If you leave the message in the phone in your pocket, there is a risk that your spouse will find it. Maybe people will now be more prudent when it comes to keeping their messages.”

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