Little Rock, AK- Facebook can be very addictive and before you know it, you’ve been looking, clicking and liking for hours. It’s so easy to waste a lot of time of the world’s most popular social media site. But one Illinois woman says she lost more than time to Facebook, she lost her marriage.
The woman, a mother of two, told WBBM that she became addicted to Facebook about five years ago and began to spend four to five hours a day on the site. She accumulated thousands of friends and eventually began to communicate with former boyfriends. That’s when he husband began to ask questions and her marriage began to crumble.
She is now divorced and still struggles with her addiction to Facebook.
This is not an isolated incident by any means. A survey of divorce law firms in the UK found that Facebook contributed to one in three divorces. Either the social media was used to connect with old lovers and ignite affairs or it was used as evidence in divorce court. Whatever its use Facebook plays a larger role in divorce than its creators, users and attorneys thought it would.
In 2013 study, which was also conducted in the UK, researchers found that married couples who communicate with their spouses through Facebook were more likely to be unhappy with their marriages. Couples who communicated through five or more social medial platforms reported a 14 percent decrease in marital satisfaction.
Facebook not only drives people to divorce, but it also factors in divorce court.
Recently in New York, a judge gave a woman permission to notify her missing and impossible to locate spouse that she was filing for divorce via Facebook. That was a surprising decision that many divorce attorneys believe will set legal precedent.
Divorce law firms and child custody attorneys often use the information gleaned from Facebook to help them with their cases. People rarely think about how all that personal information they share can be used to paint them in a negative light. All that information can easily be used against a person in divorce court and give the opposing side all they information they need to secure a better child custody arrangement or divorce settlement.
Whatever the reason for your divorce and whether or not your think your divorce won’t be contentious, you need an Arkansas divorce attorney on your side. There are more aspects of divorce than you may realize. Untangling the combined lives, finances and assets of a couple is complicated and can turn to be a legal nightmare for a non-attorney. When you have one of the divorce or child custody attorneys from USAttorneys on your side, you not only have someone who will protect your rights, but you also have someone who will handle all the paperwork and filings for you.
A divorce attorney familiar with Arkansas’ divorce will be an asset to your case and will work to ensure that you get an agreeable child custody arrangement and the financial support you need.