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Social Media and Divorce

Social media has become an almost indispensable part of life in the past decade to the point where even world leaders use it to express their frustrations. Rightly or wrongly, posts on Twitter and Facebook reveal a lot about a person and unfortunately this can often include information that shouldn’t be made public.  

One headline in the newspapers this month revealed how Louise Redknapp was flashing he ‘ring-free hand’ on Instagram.  

While the celebrity had already completed here divorce from ex-footballer Jamie Redknapp, this said a lot about how much a post such as this can go viral and go beyond a simple post into wider media coverage.  

Outside of celebrity circles the rest of us might not attract quite so much interest but it is important to control the urge to post anything that could be detrimental in a divorce case. Issues should as children, how much money is being spent and other private details should be kept off social media.  

It may even be worth taking a short break or deleting accounts altogether for a time until the fuss dies down. Some well-meaning friends often feel compelled to express their sympathy if they hear the news and this can also leave you vulnerable to having your private life posted for all to see.

Can Social Media Cause Divorce?

The Internet has been blamed for many of the dramatic changes that have taken place in society in recent decades, social media in particular. But can the influence of social media really be a reason for couples to divorce?

Some divorce lawyers certainly think so and they see it as the cause of a growing proportion of marital breakdowns.

One of the main reasons for this is the way people present their personal lives online. Facebook posts often show people at their best, enjoying great food, holidays in exotic locations and happy families.

It’s understandable that anyone reading these posts who has the misfortune of being in an unhappy marriage will feel some discontentment with their own lives.

‘Facebragging’, as it is sometimes called, is a well-established part of Facebook and it is natural for users to feel the pressure when they can’t compete with the kind of lives their friends and acquaintances are living.

While social media has its good points, it also encourages less interaction and communication in the real world which can bring its own disruption to family life. Social media can also expose bad behaviour particularly if images are posted or comments are made and shared with others in social circles.

While social media cannot be entirely to blame for marital breakups, it can certainly help tip strained relationships over the edge.

Facebook is now cited in a third of all divorce cases and often used to discredit parents in Children Act proceedings – think twice before you post online

Research has shown that Facebook has been cited in a third of all divorce cases and is increasingly relied upon as proof of inappropriate behaviour. Whether it is used to prove that a former partner is in another relationship, living an extravagant lifestyle or to show contact is being facilitated between a parent and child, Facebook and other forms of social media are increasingly being used as a weapon following relationship breakdown.

It is important to consider from the outset what information you are posting on social networking sites, as a former partner would normally be interested in finding out about significant updates in your life such as a new partner, moving into a new property or even a new job offer. Many of these updates are often referred to on social media and may be used as evidence that an individual is not telling the truth about their financial position.

In recent Children Act cases the use of social media has taken a more serious turn, and some parties have begun internet campaigns intended at seriously damaging another’s reputation or post hurtful comments simply aimed at ‘getting back’ at the other party. Despite the fact the court may penalise such behaviour it is difficult once such comments have been posted, for them to ever go away due to the nature of the internet items can often be repeated online.

Whatever the nature of proceedings, it is important to consider the information you post on social media and to refrain from malicious use of the internet in family disputes as this can be particularly damaging for all of the family.