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Facebook Wreaks Havoc on One-Third of Marriages in the U.K.


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The social networking giant was cited in 33 percent of divorce petitions, according to a survey from Divorce-Online.

Husbands and wives in the United Kingdom headed for divorce are increasingly citing Facebook in their petitions, according to a survey from Divorce-Online, a website that focuses on divorce in the U.K.

The survey, released this week, revealed that 33 percent of divorce petitions in the country contained the word Facebook. That's a significant increase over that last time the site performed the survey in 2009. At that time, Facebook was mentioned in 20 percent of the petitions sampled by the researchers.

While Facebook is being combed for signs of infidelity by divorce attorneys, they're also looking for disparaging remarks made by spouses about each other after they've separated and are embroiled in litigation, according to the website. It found the most common reasons for citing Facebook in a divorce petition to be:

  • Inappropriate messages to members of the opposite sex.
  • Separated spouses posting nasty comments about each other.
  • Facebook friends reporting spouse’s behavior.

Twitter was mentioned in only 20 of the 5,000 petitions analyzed by the website.

Because social networks have become one of the primary tools for communication, it has become the easiest place for people to have an affair or flirt with the opposite sex, Divorce-Online spokesman Mark Keenan said at the website.

"Also the use of Facebook to make comments about ex-partners to friends has become extremely common with both sides using Facebook to vent their grievances against each other," he added.

Facebook has become fertile ground for evidence in U.S. divorce proceedings, too. For example, a survey in February 2010 of the members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers revealed that 81 percent of them had seen an increase over the previous five years in the use of evidence from social networks in divorce proceedings. Moreover, 66 percent said that Facebook was a primary source for divorce evidence.

No doubt Facebook is being targeted by divorce lawyers because it's convenient and it has a high-tech cachet. As Dan Tynan observed in an article on Facebook myths:

"In an unhappy marriage, it would make sense that spouses are paying more attention to, and spending more time with, their Facebook friends than their significant others. (Of course, it doesn't hurt when your old high school flame is looking mighty fine in his/her profile picture.) That doesn’t mean Facebook caused the break up. Social networks are just a sexier thing for divorce attorneys to throw into the mix than, say, TV."

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BS! you welcome to blame FB , other social networks or Economy or even Bill Gates... I recon its societies own doing as where best of intension's create no need for stable relationships- I'm not complaining! :whistle:

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Facebook is only an objectively checkable source of information. The fact that it is mentioned so many times has only to do with the people themselves, who'd be doing the same thing elsewhere, had it not been for the Internet. For once, FB is not to blame. It's the people who are dishonest in their marriages. Before FB, it would've only gone unnoticed.

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A UK lawfirm claims that Facebook is responsible for causing a third of divorces in the UK.

Divorce-Online has noticed that the social notworking site is being named a source for evidence in more divorce cases. There is a 50 per cent jump in the number of ‘behaviour-based’ divorce petitions including the term Facebook being filed in the last two years. The firm also said that at least a third of the 5,000 petitions filed in 2011 mentioned Facebook.

In a statement Mark Keenan, managing director of Divorce-Online said that while Facebook has become the primary method for communicating with friends for many people.

“People contact ex-partners and the messages start as innocent, but lead to trouble. If someone wants to have an affair or flirt with the opposite sex then it's the easiest place to do it," he said.

We are not sure how he has real affair but from our experience you have to be in the same room and Mr and Mrs Genitals have to be involved. Unless you are like my psychopathic ex-girlfriend who thought flirting was the same as going through at least three pages of the Karma Sutra and chatting to a member of the opposite sex online was two timing.

"Facebook doesn't kill people, people kill people." But Facebook makes it easier to kill people. :lol:


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