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The Effects of Social Media on Divorce

By Feb 28, 2023 Posted in Divorce

Maintaining an online record of what happens in our lives through social media is an increasingly common practice, whether through Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, or any other social media platforms. Unfortunately, while social media might present a great time-filling form of entertainment, it can also negatively impact relationships. Social media has been involved in the breakup of an increasing number of marriages. 

An experienced divorce attorney from Simpson Legal Group, LLC can help advise you on what works and doesn’t throughout the divorce process. 

Social Media Can Negatively Impact Marriages and Be Detrimental to Divorce 

The journal Psychology Today notes that social media posts can magnify the difficulty experienced during a divorce and strain the dynamics of the process. Research has identified a link between the use of social media and a decrease in marriage quality. A study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, quoted by Psychology Today, found that married couples who do not use social media reported 11% greater happiness in their marriage. 

Social Media Can Identify or Facilitate, Infidelity 

When individuals are less happy in their marriage, it can lead to less amicable divorces and a more difficult process to navigate. Social media’s role in divorce is also particularly strong in terms of infidelity. Social media can provide an opportunity for spouses to engage in infidelity and also an opportunity to discover it. A number of divorces are influenced by social media use, with Psychology Today noting that several spouses will turn to online social media searches to identify their spouse’s suspected poor behavior. 

Your experienced divorce attorney from Simpson Legal Group, LLC will carefully consider both your social media and your former spouse’s to identify opportunities for you to manage any potential risks while also discovering evidence that could be of value to your case. 

Social Media as Evidence 

Another aspect to consider concerning social media use and divorce is the potential for social media posts to be used as evidence against you. What might seem like a relatively tame comment in the hands of an aggressive divorce attorney could be shifted into something that could damage your position. Posting negative comments about one’s soon-to-be-ex-spouse is especially harmful in divorce proceedings. It can demonstrate a lack of maturity that can be used against the poster regarding child and financial support orders

Connect with a Local Divorce Attorney 

If you are considering filing for divorce, or are already in the process, what you post on social media could matter. Working with an expert attorney at each stage of the process is beneficial whenever possible to ensure that you develop the strongest case while avoiding potential traps that could be used against you.

To learn how we can help, call (712) 256-9899, or visit our site to schedule a consultation

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