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A look at how social media use can affect marriage and divorce

Georgia spouses may be interested in one way that their online behavior may have consequences in their relationship. Surveys are showing that as social media increases in popularity, its effect on marriage is starting to become more obvious.

A UK law firm conducted a survey of thousands of married British citizens and came away with some interesting findings. The data showed that one out of seven respondents had thought about divorcing their spouse due to social media-related incidents. These could include checking into a movie theater without their spouse or requesting a connection on Facebook with an ex. The firm discovered that over half of the spouses knew their partner's social media passwords.

The survey also revealed that one-fourth of those who responded fight with their spouse about something on social media at least once a week. A sizable portion of those argued about social media with their partner on a daily basis. When these arguments lead to a divorce action, social media may play a role in the ensuing legal battle. A separate survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2010 showed that the vast majority of divorce lawyers noticed an increase in the use of evidence gleaned from social media. Of particular interest to divorce attorneys is Facebook, with 61 percent of them noting that they have found divorce-related evidence on that particular social network.

Gathering evidence is just one part of the overall divorce process. An attorney may be helpful in counseling a client regarding the important matters that will need to be resolved, including property division and whether spousal support will be an issue.

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