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I have been a Family Lawyer at Bennett Griffin since June 2010. During that time there has been an unsurprising, but still interesting increase in the number of divorce petitions in which the use of social media is cited as being a factor in the marriage break up.
Many of us appear to conduct the majority of our personal life through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, perhaps not always truly giving enough thought to what we are saying and to whom we may be saying it. I have several cases over the years in which my client’s suspicions about their partner or spouse having an affair have been confirmed as a result of the other party updating their status and posting an accompanying photo of them with their new significant other.
As such, the findings of a recent survey by a City Law Firm, as reported on in The Worthing Advertiser, 20th May 2015, make absolute sense. It found that:
- 14% of the 2,000 people they questioned said they would consider divorcing their spouse due to their online activity.
- 14% of the participants said they were deliberately following their spouse or partner’s activity, with the aim of catching he/she cheating on them.
- Almost a quarter of the poll said that they regularly had arguments which were related to social media, in particular, Facebook.
- Over 50% admitted to checking up on their other half’s Facebook account, to see who they were talking to.
If you are concerned that you and your spouse or partner are at risk of not being “BFF”, please contact the Family Team at Bennett Griffin on 01903 229912, as we would be pleased to talk in confidence with you.
Article by Jackie Mensah – Associate Solicitor and Collaborative Lawyer
The information contained in this article is for general guidance only and is not intended to be legal advice. Professional advice should always be taken on the application of the law in any particular situation.