Can you use evidence found on a Singapore Adultery Website?

In the internet age, it has become easier for people to commit adultery by finding like-minded people on a Singapore adultery website.

An example of a prominent extra-marital dating website is the Ashley Madison website.

Ashley Madison banned in Singapore

In 2013, the Media Development Authority (MDA) banned Ashley Madison (an extra-marital dating website). According to the MDA, the Ashley Madison website “aggressively promotes and facilities extramarital affairs and has declared that it will specifically target Singaporeans. It is against the public interest to follow Ashley Madison to promote its website in flagrant disregard of our family values and public morality.”

Ashley Madison had set up a Singapore portal for people to register with it. The Singapore adultery website stated that Ashley Madison was supposed to be coming in November 2013.

See: Walter Sim, “MDA bans extra-marital dating website Ashley Madison”, The Straits Times, 8 November 2013

Over 4,700 Singapore emails found in Ashley leak

Even though Ashley Madison is banned in Singapore, 4,751 email address with the “sg” suffix were found in the 2015 leak.

See: Jennifer Dhanaraj, “More than 4,700 Singapore e-mails found in Ashley Madison data leak”, The New Paper, 26 August 2015

Information found on Singapore adultery website

Can you use information found on a Singapore adultery website to commence divorce proceedings based on adultery?

This depends. For instance, even if your spouse’s email were one of those found on the list of leaked email addresses, it is not conclusive given that Ashley Madison did not require valid email addresses.

However, if you were to log on to a Singapore adultery website with your spouse’s account, and discover that he/ she has been chatting inappropriately with third parties, you may wish to commence divorce proceedings against him/ her based on his/ her unreasonable behaviour (improper association) or adultery (if the evidence are conclusive).

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6. Family Violence


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