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Facebook and marital problems: Cause or effect?

As social media plays an ever-increasing role in our lives, it's only logical that it can impact our marriages, or at least make us more aware of problems in the relationship. Last year, a study found that frequent Facebook use is "a positive, significant predictor of divorce rate and spousal troubles."

Are people spending time on social media sites like Facebook because they're not getting the connection or attention they need from their significant other, or is that time spent on their computer or mobile device causing the disconnect? Likely, there's no definitive answer that applies to everyone. However, one New Orleans attorney notes that Facebook is increasingly becoming a factor in divorce cases.

In some cases, people reconnect either solely online or eventually in person with people from their past. Sometimes, they "meet" people they didn't previously know who share their interests. Those relationships, even if they're only online, can cause problems in a marriage.

The New Orleans attorney says that even though "it's really hard to prove adultery in Louisiana," one spouse will sometimes contend that the other has cheated based on Facebook posts. She says that she's seen the site become a "hotbed of evidence."

Regardless of whether your or your spouse's Facebook activity contributed to your marital problems, was a symptom of them or had no connection to them at all, it's still wise to be careful what you post if you are going through a divorce or even anticipate that one may be in your future. Experienced family law attorneys will tell you that any words and photos you share could come back to haunt you in court.

Source: WWL AM 870/FM 105.3, "Facebook could land you in divorce court?," Jim Hanzo, May. 20, 2015

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