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How Social Media Can Fuel A Divorce

We live in a world heavily influenced by Social Media dominated by sites such as Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.  In the US and the UK, social media has reportedly contributed to more divorces.  

One of the significant benefits of social media is keeping in touch with family and friends.

However, when users post on people's Facebook pages, it becomes a publicised online noticeboard where the entire world can see your business. Social media can act as a place to find out gossip, leaving a trail of messages, allowing others to share and even contribute to the conversation.

It is not uncommon for clients to come in and show copies of Facebook posts, text messages, details of emails that they have discovered relating a case of cheating, unfaithfulness and even infidelity. All this evidence provides a robust case for grounds of divorce.

Below are some of the reasons how social media can fuel a divorce:

Social media can be a doorway to cheating

If someone is unhappy with their relationship, it can be common to find opportunities elsewhere. Maybe even by connecting with an ex on social media. The world of social media is seen, by some, as a form of escapism but can lead to temptation.

It is easy to assume that other people's relationships portrayed on social media are much better. However, every relationship has its ups and downs. As the old saying goes: "the grass is always greener", however, life doesn't always pan out that way.  

People are not always honest who they are messaging online

It is essential, to be honest with your partner about who you are speaking to online. Social media is an excellent way to get in touch with long lost school friends. This conversation may develop into regular communication.  If your partner, doesn't know who you are talking to this will arouse suspicion.

You're spending too much time online

In this modern world, many people are glued to their smartphones. People check their Facebook status, they check their friend's accounts and so on.  The average user spends 135 minutes online with social media every day. That's nearly 16 hours per week.

Those that may be addicted to their social media accounts are taking time away from their loved ones. Before going to sleep, partners may check on the latest news on their social media account’s. It’s important to set boundaries, devote quality time to your relationship and switch off your device where necessary. 

Keep your personal life off personal

Keeping your personal life between you and your partner is crucial. A relationship is between two people and sometimes not for the eyes of social media. If anything disparaging about your relationship appears on social media, this can generate distrust and can be used as ammunition for grounds of divorce.

If your relationship is breaking down and you need some advice, please contact Banner Jones Solicitors in confidence on 0330 017 6309

Kelly Parks
  • Director
  • Solicitor
  • Head of Family Law

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