It may seem silly to end a marriage due to activity that a spouse engages in on Facebook.com or other social networking websites, but SanDiego.com reports that a study conducted by The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that twenty percent of failed marriages are now in some way linked to Facebook.
Facebook-fueled divorces seem to be a growing trend across the United States. But what exactly is it about social networking websites that can lead to a divorce?
Some family law attorneys say that Facebook leads to temptation. Social networking websites can make it easy to have an anonymous relationship with somebody via the Internet, even if there's no real-time communication between the people communicating through cyberspace.
Some Facebook users may also have the tendency to pay more attention to his or her social media contacts than their contacts in their in-person social life, including a spouse or significant other. These trends and temptations have the potential to create hostility in a marriage and ultimately lead to a divorce.
Information on Facebook is also apparently being used more often as evidence in family law cases. Woman's Day reported that The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that 81 percent of divorce attorneys say they have seen an increase in the use of social networking evidence in divorce trials. So if you haven't done so already, you may want to de-friend your husband or wife when going through a divorce case or perhaps it's best to stay off the website altogether for a while.
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