Is Facebook the new link to divorce?

18962491_SIn this high tech media age, users young and old are turning to social media to connect with family, friends and to find romantic partners.  This seems friendly on the surface but there are drawbacks.  Facebook in particular is coming up as evidence used in court for cases of divorce and child custody.

More than a third of divorce filings last year contained the word Facebook in the divorce.  And over 80% of U.S. divorce attorneys in the U.S. say they have seen a rise in the number of cases using social media, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

So why is Facebook so unique?  Affairs happen so quickly on Facebook more than any other social media site.  On Facebook, just a few clicks can start a relationship. It re-connects old flames and allows people to “friend” someone they don’t know or have just met in passing. Facebook has a deceptively comfortable forum that feels safe and allows people to vent their feelings. For example, one woman allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill her partner.  Another woman found out that her husband wanted a divorce because he posted it on Facebook.  The list goes on and on.  In short, social media may cause temptation that might not otherwise arise.

The attorneys at Stange Law Firm LLC are not advocating that people discontinue the use of Facebook altogether, rather, just know that what is posted could be used in court for or against you.  Facebook along with other social media, if used properly, can be an extremely effective tool.

You may contact us at 314-963-4700 or at Saint Louis Divorce Attorneys.  In addition to our comprehensive website, you will be able to access our blog sites as well as finding us on Facebook and Twitter.  We will gladly receive your comments and reply back.  There you will find a plethora of information and articles.  At Stange Law Firm, we use our extensive knowledge of the law and passion for justice to get the best possible results for clients.  We can set up a free one-hour consultation to discuss options that are available to you.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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