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UK Couple Divorce After Husband's Virtual Love Affair

Posted Nov 14, 2008 by Chris V. Thangham
A woman divorced her husband after finding his avatar engaged in online sex in the game "Second Life." She spied on him with a virtual detective and caught him in the act.
A virtual character in Second Life.
A virtual character in Second Life.
Zdnet.com
The fantasy world in Second Life has become a sad reality for a British couple.
As Wikipedia describes: "Second Life enables players to create online lives in which their virtual alter ego, or avatar, can socialize, develop relationships, buy property and set up businesses in an imagined world using the game's virtual currency."
Amy Taylor, 28, was married to David Pollard, 40, for three years after meeting in an Internet chat room in 2003. They got married in real life as well as in a fantasy tropical setting in Second Life.
But Taylor had suspicions about Pollard’s loyalty, so she hired a virtual detective to see whether he was cheating on her.
She found Pollard’s online character Dave Barmy having sex with a prostitute. Pollard confessed soon after and told Taylor he was talking with another woman online in America, and that their marriage is over.
Taylor divorced him this week. Her solicitor was not surprised about this case, as it was her second divorce case in a week because of Second Life.
Taylor can also divorce him online by hiring virtual lawyers in a virtual divorce court.