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How social media use and divorce may be connected

If you're going through, you should be quite aware of the notion that your every move can, and most likely will be, used against you. Any evidence of unfavorable actions or behaviors can ultimately affect the outcome of your divorce.

In today's modern realm of online social networking, nothing stays private. Many adults routinely engage with the use of social media. The major implication is that it effects level and quality of communication.

Social networking leads to complications in relationships by opening the door for transparency. While this is an obvious concept, it can pose as a major potential threat, especially for couples experiencing problems with communication.

Not so 'social' media

Common implications leading to divorce include communication barriers and lack of commitment between partners. Additional research studies suggest that poor communication is one of the most common factors leading to divorce.

Many spouses believe their use of social networking has a minuscule effect on their marriage. However, when communication skills become compromised, it lessens the quality of connection. There is a strong correlation between levels of engagement between spouses varying with levels of media interaction.

This concept raises potential concern, particularly in relationships, due to the ease of accessibility and leaving behind a social media footprint. Current research suggests that 15% of married couples believe social media is a significant issue in their relationship. The reality, unbeknownst to these couples, is that social media is a playing a more significant role than they may believe.

Posting with caution

Divorce attorneys often take advantage of the availability of online information. Many lawyers refer to social media platforms as an evidence source during divorce proceedings. This is because a real challenge in many divorce cases is trying to prove legitimacy behind a client's claims against the opposing parties. Access to online networks has made finding concrete evidence easier than ever before.

It is critical to remember that social media platforms are inherently public. The wrong post, at the wrong time, could have serious repercussions when it comes to your divorce.

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