Win a Divorce: Cheating website offers money towards legal fees in its online competition

Cheating websites hit a new low with Win A Divorce competition

Online competition offers money towards legal costs

Divorce rate now 200 times higher than 100 years ago

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UPDATED:

14:55 GMT, 26 July 2012

Divorce is never an easy option.

And couples on the brink of splitting irrevocably are generally in need of counselling, comfort and advice.

But one cheating website has decided to take advantage of couples at their lowest ebb by attempting to recruit new members with the launch of a crass Win A Divorce competition.

Not happy ever after: Divorce rates are 200 times higher now then a century ago

Not happy ever after: Divorce rates are 200 times higher now then a century ago

Visitors to Maritalaffair,co,uk are required to enter their email address to be in with a chance of winning a monetary prize of 1,800 towards legal fees involved in a divorce.

The competition was launched following the most recent figures from the Office of National Statistics, showing divorce rates increased 4.9 per cent in 12 months – the first rise in divorce rates in
eight years.

Additionally,
ONS figures also reveal the rate of divorce is now 200 times higher
than 100 years ago,despite the rate of marriage being comparatively
lower.

Unsurprisingly the insensitive competition has sparked fierce debate nationwide, with a radio show on BBC Newcastle dedicating a debate to the issue,

Sharon
Kell, founder of Coco Moon, a dating site in Newcastle, told the show:
'It has to be morally wrong on every level to encourage you to have an
extra-marital affair, and then say “by the way if you get caught we'll pay
for your divorce” – that is surely wrong on every level.

Paul Graham,
Managing Director of Maritalaffair.co.uk, defended the competition: 'People have an
increasing desire to make the most of their lives, and if that means
moving on to a new relationship then so be it.

'To
make things more difficult, many people feel compelled to cheat because
they can't afford the legal fees associated with filing for divorce.

'We’re giving someone who isn’t happy in their marriage a “get-out clause” from the costly process of ending it.'

WHAT THE TWITTERSPHERE MAKE OF #WINADIVORCE

@TaniaAhsan: Am I the only one who thinks giving away a divorce as a competition prize is tasteless and disturbing


@CEArthurs: Win a Divorce As someone planning a wedding for next year I find this concept quite depressing

@keyserchris: @BibiLynch win a divorce Treat it as a backhanded offer of a husband!! #whenlifegivesyoulemons