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.

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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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