French Courts to Admit Text Messages in Divorce Cases

[AP] Unfaithful spouses in France, beware: Passionate text messages sent to mistresses and lovers can now be used as evidence against you in a divorce.Experts say the recent ruling by the top French court — to accept phone exchanges as legitimate proof of adultery — will make it easier for the French to get divorced. Previously, husbands and wives often had to wait for years to escape a marriage if they could not prove that their spouse was misbehaving or mistreating them.The ruling, made in June, was reported by the French media last week.Text messages have long been accepted as official proof in murder and other criminal trials in France, and the new decision extends the practice to family law. E-mail messages are also accepted as evidence in trials.To read this AP report in full, see:

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