Ashley Madison, the website claiming to be “the world’s leading married dating service for discreet encounters,” was recently hacked, and user information became available publicly online. Now, couples in Central Florida and around the world must confront the possibility that one of them may have been unfaithful or may have entertained ideas of being unfaithful.

For many couples, infidelity often takes precedence over the other problems in the relationship, and becomes the main reason for a divorce. To divorce in Florida, one or both spouses must declare in court that the marriage is irretrievably broken. While the overriding message we receive from the media is, “If you forgive a cheater, then you are weak,” some couples are indeed able to work through infidelity and come out stronger because of it. But that is something each couple has to determine together. Couples have to determine if they can truly trust their spouse again, and if he answer is no, the marriage is irretrievably broken.

Spouses that learn of a partner’s infidelity, whether through the Ashley Madison leak or through other means, often feel betrayed, isolated, and flooded with emotions. It’s common to feel intense anger and crushing sadness. In times like these, it is wise to speak with a counselor, to help you sort out your feelings and enable you to determine how you would like to proceed. If you decide to pursue a divorce, an experienced divorce attorney can make the whole process much smoother.

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