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Facebook Is Involved in More Than One Third of Divorces
You may be aware of the impact Facebook can have during divorce, as you are advised not to post your personal information online during that time. However, recent studies have shown that Facebook can actually lead to divorce. UK-based Divorce Online took a survey in 2011, and found that more than one third of divorce filings for that year had something to do with Facebook. The reasons will probably not surprise you, as you may have witnessed some of the most common Facebook-based issues, too.
It’s Easy to Meet New People
Many married people would never join a dating website, but they have no problem browsing Facebook profiles, especially the ones with attractive people in the photos. Joining a dating site takes a little more forethought, as it is usually only done by those who have already decided to cheat. But many well-meaning, perfectly happy married people use Facebook every day, especially since it is free. Even the most loyal people may be tempted by how easy it is to meet new people through the website, all without anyone having to know.
The conversations may seem innocent enough at first, but over time they often lead to discussions about relationships, sex, and even plans to meet. Even if you would never think to cheat, you might end up telling a stranger about your marital issues or other private information that your spouse would not want you telling anyone else. You may be accused of emotionally cheating, especially if you are already going through a hard time with your partner, and that could spell the end for your marriage. That’s just one way Facebook can cause divorce.
It’s Easy to Get Back in Contact with Old Friends and Ex-Lovers
Many people end up cheating with people they already know. While a decade ago, you would have never seen your high school sweetheart again, or at least not until the ten-year reunion, now you can just look up him or her on Facebook. A simple friend request can lead to some private messages, which can eventually lead to you arranging to meet for drinks to catch up. If your spouse would not be thrilled with this, you simply might neglect to tell him or her. Even if you never actually cheat, you can see how this action would lead to marital strife, possibly ending in divorce if your spouse cannot trust you anymore.
It should be clear by now that some interactions on Facebook can lead to divorce. This is likely why some couples who use Facebook, and are aware of the disturbing statistics, choose to share a profile. When your spouse can see everything you write, and every friend you request, you may be more careful to avoid using the site as a tool to form new relationships with people of the opposite sex.
New York is an equitable distribution state which means that in a New York divorce the court divides marital property equitably between the parties, unless a written settlement agreement is achieved. All property in the divorce case is either separate property owned by the individual, or marital property owned by the married couple.
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