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Social media and the risk of divorce

Couples in New Jersey and around the world face some unique challenges in the 21st century. While infidelity has always represented a threat to marriage, new technology has changed the way people communicate and relate to each other. As a result, people do not even need to leave their homes in order to meet and develop a relationship with a paramour.

A recent survey showed that social media use contributes to arguments between married partners. These arguments often stem from concerns about a partner's online posting and behavior. These concerns can give rise to jealousy and exacerbate existing tensions within a marriage. If these concerns are not addressed, the resulting friction may contribute to marital breakdown.

In addition to contributing to marital discord, 81 percent of lawyers in a recent survey indicated they had observed an increase in social media postings being used as evidence in divorce cases. In fact, the majority of attorneys surveyed indicated that they had found important information regarding a client's case on Facebook. Since 58 percent of married people claim that they know their spouse's passwords, accessing incriminating posts for use in a family law court may not be as difficult as people think.

Individuals who are considering divorce may benefit from speaking with a family law attorney. A lawyer may be able to assist in a variety of ways, including offering a review of prenuptial/postnuptial agreements, child custody issues and other concerns that can rise during marital difficulty and divorce. In addition, the attorney may be able to review social media posts and comments and consider whether they might be used in a client's case.

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