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The role of social media in divorce

Texas couples may want to consider the potential negativity that their social media usage inflicts on their marriages. A British law firm surveyed 2,000 married individuals and concluded that about 14 percent of these individuals were provoked by their spouse's social media use to the point that they regarded divorce as a possible option.

Arguments caused by at least one spouse's social media habits popped up once a week for about 500 of these individuals, and close to 350 of these individuals revealed that they engaged in arguments on a daily basis over their spouse's use of social media sites and apps. A fascinating find of the poll was that more than half of the individuals indicated that they knew the passwords to access their spouse's social media accounts, and their spouse was not always in the loop about this piece of information.

According to data collected in a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, within the last five years, a large number of U.S. attorneys have experienced an increase in the amount of divorce cases in which evidence was obtained from a spouse's social networking sites. A little more than half of these attorneys revealed that Facebook was the top contender for finding evidence for their cases.

If an individual is considering divorce because of their spouse's suspicious online activity, they may want to get in touch with a family law attorney to find out what options are available to them. Legal consultation may help the individual gain perspective on the divorce process, how their spouse's behavior may be used to build a case and what realistic outcomes may be expected.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Stay Off Social Media (Or Risk Divorce), New Survey Says," Brittany Wong, April 30, 2015

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