Couples in Pennsylvania might face many troubles in their marriages, but one unexpected source of marital discord could come in the form of Facebook. According to a survey of 2,000 married British people, one in seven respondents had considered divorcing a spouse because of content they found on social media.
The survey polled people in marriages about social media sites like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Skype. It found that a quarter of the people reported having a fight at least once a week about social media use, and 17 percent of people surveyed said that they fought about social media every day. Additionally, 58 percent of those questioned admitted that they knew a spouse’s social media passwords though the spouse was not always aware of this.
When a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers polled U.S. divorce attorneys in 2010, 81 percent reported an increase in social media related evidence in divorce cases compared to five years previously. These attorneys thought Facebook was the biggest source of online information about a spouse’s behavior, and 66 percent of those surveyed said they gathered evidence by searching through one partner’s Facebook page.
Posting information on social media sites like Facebook can influence divorce proceedings or child custody arrangements because the information found on Facebook may not coincide with what one spouse has told the other about finances or his or her whereabouts. While attorneys may choose to use social media as a resource when they have to, it is usually best if both partners are willing to be honest when going through a divorce. This usually allows divorce proceedings to conclude faster and is less costly, and some couples use mediation services when trying to resolve communication issues that might impede the process.