(SmartMoney) Does Facebook Wreck Marriages?

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed his status to “married” Saturday and received over one million “likes” from his followers. But the site he founded isn’t always so marriage-friendly. In fact, lawyers say the social network contributes to an increasing number of marriage breakups.

More than a third of divorce filings last year contained the word Facebook, according to a U.K. survey by Divorce Online, a legal services firm. And over 80% of U.S. divorce attorneys say they’ve seen a rise in the number of cases using social networking, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “I see Facebook issues breaking up marriages all the time,” says Gary Traystman, a divorce attorney in New London, Conn. Of the 15 cases he handles per year where computer history, texts and emails are admitted as evidence, 60% exclusively involve Facebook.

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Posted May 23, 2012 at 5:45 am

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1. Brian from T19 wrote:

No.  People wreck marriages.

The view that has been expressed by all the Instruments of Communion in recent years is that <u>interventions are not to be sanctioned</u>. - Archbishop Rowan Williams

May 23, 9:43 am | [comment link]
2. Frank Fuller wrote:

People wreck marriages faster and more efficiently with Facebook.

May 23, 12:55 pm | [comment link]
3. Christopher Johnson wrote:

Facebook’s actually made one marriage that I know of.  My sister was divorced.  An old college boyfriend of hers who was also divorced tracked her down on Facebook, I guess the two of them went back and forth online, they got back together for real and eventually got married.  That invitation was one of the shocks of my life.

May 23, 1:26 pm | [comment link]

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