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33 percent of 2011 divorces referenced 'Facebook'

How often do you think the website Facebook is referenced in a divorce filing? Though the social networking site can make for an easy marketplace for former flames to rekindle the fire (and, thus, make for very complicated marriages and affairs), many people would probably say that the website is an uncommon factor in divorce. It may be a part of a divorce here and there, but not on a wide scale by any means.

Well, as it turns out, Facebook is involved in far more divorces than most people would think. A new report says that "Facebook" was referenced in 33 percent of divorces in 2011; and in 2008, the website was referenced in just 20 percent of divorces. That is a significant jump over a three-year period, and it only point to how prevalent Facebook (and other newer technologies or websites) have become critical components of divorce.

This may be easy to scoff at, but in truth, this data is extremely important. The more advanced we become in a technological sense, the more ingrained technology will be in our society. It is an inherent byproduct of this advancement. As such, it stands to reason that texts, emails, social networking profiles, internet histories and cookies, and numerous other forms of electronic communication will become important pieces of evidence in divorce cases for a variety of reasons.

Electronic information can prove infidelity, or uncover an attempt to hide assets, or to even point out egregious or inflammatory behavior that is pertinent to the divorce.


Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "'Facebook' named in a third of divorce filings," George Mathis, Feb. 11, 2014

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