Facebook Cited in 1 in 5 Divorces

Lawyers see rise in social networks as evidence
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2011 4:29 PM CST
Facebook Cited in 1 in 5 Divorces
Exterior of Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Couples cite Facebook in one out of five US divorces, say Loyola University researchers —and 81% of divorce lawyers report a rise in cases using social networks as evidence, ZDNet reports. For cases that do make use of online evidence, Facebook is by far the biggest source, according to 66% of attorneys in a recent survey. As for the network's relationship-busting role, “we’re coming across it more and more,” says a psychologist.

On Facebook, he notes, spouses may easily transition from chatting with old friends to more intense relationships. One spouse reconnects with a high-school acquaintance, and “within a short amount of time, the sharing of personal stories can lead to a deepened sense of intimacy,” he notes. “I don’t think these people typically set out to have affairs. A lot of it is curiosity.” (Read more Facebook stories.)

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