Social media now among divorce issues

Most Salt Lake City, Utah, residents may agree that the use of social media is playing in more dominant role in their everyday lives. From keeping up with loved ones to documenting major life events, Facebook and other social media forums provide users with instant access to an array of communication options. It may come as little surprise, then, that there is evidence to suggest Facebook is capable of affecting marriages and family law litigation.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a majority of attorneys agreed that social media like Facebook is increasingly relevant in divorce cases. The information provided by users on social networking sites can be obtained and used as evidence in property division and child custody disputes, and the growing popularity of such websites only contributes to the frequency of Facebook information appearing in divorce proceedings.

And while divorce experts note the relevance of social media to litigation, more emphasis is being placed on the role social networking plays in dissolving unions. Psychologists argue that strains can be placed on a marriage when one or both partners begin to pay less attention to each other and commit more of their time to social media forums. Others go so far as to suggest that Facebook and other social networking sites can encourage and facilitate extramarital affairs.

Studies point to the fact that there is a correlation between social networking use and marital content. In fact, a recent study found that increases in divorce rates can be linked to increased Facebook use. However, researchers don’t imply that heavy social media use causes divorce. People facing any number of marital and/or divorce issues can speak with an experienced attorney today.

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