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Property division: Twitter and Facebook threats to consider

Much has been said about how social networking can have an adverse impact on a divorce such as how Facebook posts can jeopardize a person's chances to get child custody. In some divorces in Massachusetts and elsewhere, social networking has even affected the property division process if posts on Facebook or Twitter revealed hidden assets. Divorcing couples are often advised to stay away from this revolutionary way to make sure everybody knows everything about them.

However, what some fail to recognize is the negative impact social networking can have on spouses during their marriage. In fact, studies have shown that the animosity that led to many divorces originated from one or both spouses' activities on Facebook and Twitter. Although surveys revealed that Facebook's impact was lower in couples who had been married for more than three years, excessive Twitter usage proved to hurt new and old relationships.

In a doctoral study of a university student in another state, the author's research reportedly showed that Twitter-related disputes between romantic partners were prevalent. In many cases, the conflict resulted in physical and emotional infidelity and even breakups of relationships or divorce. While social networking is certainly not the only cause of marital disputes, couples who notice signs of it damaging their relationships might benefit from taking precautions.

Some couples in Massachusetts and other states choose to create their social networking accounts as joint holders that facilitate communication between them. Any person whose marriage ended due to these or other reasons may benefit from consulting with an experienced divorce attorney. Such a professional can provide support and guidance throughout and protect the person's rights in property division, child-related issues and more.

Source: tgdaily.com, "Report: Social networking use linked to infidelity and divorce", Accessed on May 26, 2017

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