One in Three Divorce Filings Include the Word ‘Facebook’

SmartMoney: Does Facebook Wreck Marriages?

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.

While the attorneys here at The LaMantia Law Firm, LLC were not among those U.S. divorce attorneys surveyed, each of us can attest that social networking is playing a greater and greater role in marital litigation.

One of the very first things we look at is the extent of exposure the man or woman on the other side of the case has on Facebook, Twitter, and the like.  Months ago, in a post to our Family Law Stories section of this website, we cited a story that Facebook featured heavily in one of every five divorces.  Obviously, it is on the rise.

Just another reason to Set Your Facebook to “Private,” Folks, and to refrain from posting anything that could damage others’ perception of you or could be taken out of context.