Focus on marriage – not Facebook

Facebook increasingly implicated in divorce
Telegraph (UK) 21 Jan 2011

For most people, Facebook is a harmless way to keep in touch with friends and family. But flirtations on the social networking site are now becoming a major factor in marriage breakdowns. Family lawyers have revealed that the problem has become so great that almost every divorce they have dealt with in the past year has involved the website. One expert said she had dealt with 30 cases in the last nine months and Facebook had been implicated in them all. Whilst another online law company said one in five of their divorce petitions in the past year contain references to Facebook. Emma Patel, the head of family law at Hart Scales & Hodges Solicitors, said the site acted like a “virtual third party” in splits.


1 comment for “Focus on marriage – not Facebook

  1. 24 January 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I have no doubt that Facebook is a place where flirtations take place, but I’d suspect that far more problems occur on Second Life (where anonymity is part of the game) than Facebook. Unless you send messages privately on the latter, anything you say is available for all your ‘friends’ to see. Second Life is a different kettle of fish, and perhaps the article should have focused on that rather than Facebook.
    The expert ‘quoted’ as having 30 divorce cases in which ‘Facebook is implicated’ is a bit vague. Who was the expert, and can you actually implicate a website? Need a bit more detail there, I think.

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