With the rampant trend of social media use, needless to say many have found the importance with linking studies with marriage and divorce. One study was  published in the journal, “Computers in Human Behavior” by researchers from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Boston University. It focused on comparing state to state divorce rates to per-capita Facebook accounts. They then utilized a separate inquiry involving a survey from 2011-2012, which quantified marriage quality and social media usage.

Not surprisingly, the study noted a direct correlation between social media use and a decrease in marital quality. This comparison remained relative regardless of the model used. In fact, it remained in approximation across every model, repeatedly. This study by no means is empirical evidence, however, the comparative figures are a strong indicator that social media is a prime factor.social-media-and-divorce

Studies such as these are very difficult to prove, because of the fact that there are variables to be considered. It is the same pretext as a study linking alcohol consumption with violence. This cannot be proven absolute, however, studies have shown the link to be valid.

Social media has proven to be an effective way to share information, events, photos, and meet new people. The main concern for divorce attorneys is the privacy factor. regardless of a password protected personal page or website, the information held therein is admissible in court. Many consider their actions to be of no consequence or “a private affair”. As many prominent divorce attorneys note, this is simply not the case. Not only are social media accounts brought forth into court more and more during divorce proceedings, as many have testified, they are the reason for the divorce to begin with.

Be sure to keep in mind when using social media; unless you are prepared for your spouse or a courtroom to witness your actions on your social media account, refrain from sharing photos from locations you should not be, posting on someone's wall you have no business speaking with, and using the ‘Check In” locator option to show where you were. This is especially true during a divorce. Most attorneys tell their clients to refrain from social media use completely until after the final divorce judgment has been produced.

Dan Exner, J.D.

Family Law Attorney

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