Britain's First Ashley Madison-Related Divorce Proceedings are Already Underway

By Tom Pritchard on at

What would you do if you found out that your spouse had signed up for an account on Ashley Madison? Getting legal advice from a divorce lawyer would definitely be a good place to start, and apparently it's a trend that's already begun.

According to Nigel Shepard, a partner at family law firm Mills & Reeve, one woman has already been in touch with him after discovering her partner's details had been released alongside the other leaked accounts. He said to The Times, "If someone finds out if their partner is set up on a site which exists wholly for facilitating adultery, it's hardly surprising they are taking advice about it."

He's not the only one either. Chris Longbottom, head of family law firm Shoosmiths, has confirmed that his firm has been receiving at least three calls a day since hackers started making demands last month. Relationship counselling service Relate has also confirmed that it has received calls from worried people who found their partner's details in the leaked data.

It sounds like it's going to be a horrible time for a lot of people, but it might be a very lucrative time for those practising family law. [The Telegraph]