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Social media and divorce: a mix to avoid

In a lot of ways, social media has had a positive effect on the lives of Florida residents. It can help people reunite with long-lost friends and relatives. It can even help people find a job by connecting with potential employers. But all things have their pros and cons and it seems social media can bring with it a negative impact on marriage and divorce.

Some say that social media use has contributed to the increase of divorce over the last 10 years. Marital lawyers may be able to vouch for that as well, with more than 80 percent of them saying they have dealt with information that came from social media sites.

Websites like Facebook and Twitter let people connect instantly without having to leave the home. Conversations over chat may rekindle sparks with an old flame and may eventually lead to something more physical.

What’s important to remember is that the information on these sites can be used during the divorce process. If a father claims to have stopped drinking, but then posts photos of himself drunk at a bar, those images could be used against him. Similarly, if a mother’s dating profile says she is single with no kids, it might pose a problem during child custody proceedings.

The divorce process can be complex as it is, so complicating it further with social media may not be the best choice. At least during the divorce, it might be wise to keep a low profile or delete social media accounts altogether.

Source: The Paramus Post, “Effect of Social Media on a Divorce,” Angela Sanders, Jan. 29, 2014 

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