Is Facebook responsible for your divorce?

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How many times have you gotten mad at your boyfriend or girlfriend for posting on someone’s Facebook wall? How about that time he checked-in to a bar when he told you he was at home sleeping?

Back in the day, people were only tempted to snoop through their significant others’ emails and text messages. Today, Facebook is just as big of a factor.

According to a survey by Divorce Online, a UK-based legal services firm, more than a third of divorce filings contained the word ‘Facebook’ last year.

Another report by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers claims that more than 80% of U.S. divorce attorneys say they’ve seen the number of cases involving social media increase.

Divorce attorney Gary Traystman told the WSJ’s SmartMoney.com blog that he sees Facebook issues breaking up marriages “all the time.”

Experts say that nowadays with Facebook it is easier to start extra-marital affairs as it only takes a few clicks to reconnect with an old flame.  

“The difference with Facebook is it feels safe, innocent and private. People put an enormous amount of incriminating stuff out there voluntarily,” Randy Kessler, an Atlanta-based lawyer said to SmartMoney.com.

Facebook has become so influential that lawyers say it plays a major role in determining alimony and child custody, as everything from posts, to photos and status updates have been used in divorce court.

So, people, if you’re going to cheat, don’t make it obvious by posting about it on Facebook. You’re only asking to be caught.


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