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Facebook may be ruining relationships in Massachusetts

Two studies indicate that Facebook and social media may be causing relationship problems and breakups. A survey of 2,000 married people in the United Kingdom found that one in seven respondents had thought about divorcing their spouse as a result of social media activity, which includes sites like Twitter, Skype and SnapChat in addition to Facebook. About 25 percent of those who took the survey said they had at least one argument a week about social media, and 17 percent said it the cause of a daily argument.

Results for people living in the United States were fairly similar. A study done by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers of divorce lawyers that took place in 2010 showed that 81 percent of those who participated saw an increase in the number of cases where social media evidence was used in the prior five years.

The lawyers involved in the survey cited Facebook as representing the largest source of online evidence related to a divorce. There are a variety of things that someone may find contentious related to social media, including accepting a friend request from an ex or giving the impression that events were not attended with a significant other.

In many divorce cases, presenting evidence to a judge can have a significant effect on its outcome. Issues related to spousal support, property division and child custody may be determined based on someone's actions, and information from social media sites may back up someone's assertions of their spouse's behaviors. A lawyer could explain to an individual considering divorce what type of information is eligible to submit as evidence in court and present their case.

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