A recent Sydney Morning Herald article described a situation in the United States when a husband when using his wife's private password on their shared computer, so as to read her G-mail, discovered from these emails a dalliance of adultery.
The article went on to explain that after Leon Walker, 33, of Michigan, discovered this adultery, his wife Clara Walker filed for a divorce, which was granted in December.
In the Australian context and most Western countries there is 'no fault' divorce, so you do not even have to prove adultery or any other transgression to obtain a divorce.
Mr Walker was obviously peeved, as he told The Oakland Press of Pontiac that he was trying to protect the couple's children from neglect and called the case a "miscarriage of justice."
He somehow wanted her to stay with him and their children when clearly she was finished with the marriage.
The twist on this story, is that he now faces trial on felony computer misuse charge, as Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Sydney Turner says, the charge is justified and the case will go ahead.
Privacy law writer Frederick Lane told the Detroit Free Press the law typically is used to prosecute identity theft and stealing trade secrets. He says he questions if a wife can expect privacy on a computer she shares with her husband.
Although this issue will be determined by the court, it raises some interesting questions. Why would a husband and wife, shared a computer, with such intimate correspondences was stored.
A small hand bag computer can be purchased today even in Australia for under $400 and on ebay even cheaper.
Why would a husband and wife even want their partner's private password. Mark Tronson says that in his experience, husbands and wives have very different interests and correspond with their own respective friends and acquaintances. If there is something of interest, that news is passed on verbally.
Moreover many women talk to their friends on many intimate subjects that most men consider to be idle nonsense and would run a mile rather than get involved.
There is a sense in which one's sanity might be put into question whereby a wife would correspond with a lover on a shared computer and he for admitting that he illegally used her password without her consent. They both had other available alternatives.
The old adage that truth is stranger than fiction. There is something to say about the tried and true message in the 'old book' of the fun and joy of trusted fidelity in the marriage bed.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html