Does Social Media Promote Divorce?

Social media networking outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and others have opened doors for people to keep in touch or get back in contact with people they know, regardless of how far apart they may live from each other. While this is a seemingly good thing, social websites may not be “marriage friendly.” Divorce lawyers in Fresno are hearing an increasing number of couples say that social media relationships are a contributing factor of their marriage ending.

Internet divorce evidence

According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 81% of the top divorce attorneys in the United States report that they have seen an increase in the number of cases citing social networking evidence during the past five years. The biggest culprit is Facebook, with 66% citing it as the primary source for online divorce evidence. Spouses are also providing computer use history, text messages and emails as evidence of misconduct by their husband or wife.

How does it happen?

On most social media websites, an affair can begin with just a few clicks on the computer. As with most affairs, it usually starts out innocently. However, instead of taking months to develop (like in-person romances typically do), a social network allows the relationship to develop quickly and all within the comfort of your own home or office. Former romantic partners can reconnect or you can get to know somebody you otherwise would not have the opportunity to spend time with in person. Temptation is placed at the fingertips of people who would never risk having an affair, but a few online conversations that seem so innocent can quickly develop into a more emotional connection.

What is the solution?

It is not necessary for you and your spouse to eliminate the use of all social networking websites. What is essential, however, is to have open communication and honesty about it. Your status on all of your accounts should clearly indicate you are married. It is also important to provide your spouse with your log-in information. Knowing that your spouse can read your posts or messages at any time means you are likely to keep your relationships as truly “just friends.”

If you believe that your spouse is being unfaithful, whether online or in-person, and you are considering a divorce, it is important to seek the advice and guidance of a Fresno divorce lawyer. An experienced attorney can guide you through the process and assist you each step of the way.

Contact a Fresno divorce lawyer who provides compassion and quality representation

If you are looking for an experienced and proficient divorce law firm in Fresno, contact the Law Offices of Jennifer S. Morrison, P.C. Our legal team is thoroughly prepared and knowledgeable of the law and how it applies to the facts of your particular case. We are aggressive in protecting your rights and best interests, but mindful of doing so in the least disruptive way possible.

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