The Facebook phenomenon has become commonplace: a long marriage grown stale through gestures that have become routine and stress of parenting. An old flame appears on Facebook. Innocent flirting ensues. Next thing you realize, you have divorce papers in your hands. What happened?
Online Friendship Gone Awry
A new survey by the UK based on Divorce-Online site reported that Facebook played a role in one out of three divorces in 2011 there.
The 2009 survey showed Divorce-Online 20 percent, so the number seems to be increasing. A figure widely circulated in news reports last year suggested that Facebook played a role in the testimony during one of every five divorces in the States.
“In fact,” states Diane Cherry, Esq., “People will tell me that they have separated because a spouse was on Facebook all the time, although there was no suspicion of betrayal.”
The survey lists the top three reasons for Facebook emerged in the divorce petitions (surprise! secondary Boyfriend does not make the list):
Inappropriate messages to members of the opposite sex on the site.
Separated spouses are apt to posting nasty comments on the other ones’ page.
Facebook friends report the behavior of a spouse. (Maybe a little deviated from the “norm”.)
About Last Night. . .
Obtaining a divorce is not as simple as packing up your things and move to your old bachelor/bachelorette pad. First, it is necessary to agree with your spouse about how to divide property and children, and if you can not reach agreement, then have a judge review the circumstances. That’s where the story of Facebook can turn against you.
“Facebook pages and messages are very commonly used as evidence in divorce cases,” says Ms. Cherry. One should know better than to post drunk photos with the children in the background (at least not in the South, ha).
Not the kind of photos you want to bring before the court, but once they are loose on the Internet, they are “fair game”.
Do not shoot the messenger
A survey conducted last year by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found 81 percent of divorce lawyers report social media as a growing source of evidence in divorce cases, including 66 percent of respondents said that Facebook was the main source of evidence of social media.
A spokesman for Facebook stated in a previous article, “It is ridiculous to suggest that Facebook leads to divorce. Whether you’re breaking, or just join Facebook is only a way to communicate, such as letters, phone calls and emails. Facebook does not cause divorces, people do. “
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Attorney Diane Cherry brings over twenty years of experience to The Cherry Law Firm, P.C., including criminal law, family law and civil litigation. Diane Cherry, founder of The Cherry Law Firm, P.C. has been practicing law in the Metro Atlanta area since 1992. Attorney Cherry is a tenacious trial attorney, a reasonable but practical negotiator, and a truly compassionate family law and criminal defense attorney, who knows how to get results.
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Located in Kennesaw, Georgia, family law attorney Diane Cherry of The Cherry Law Firm, P.C., serves the Atlanta metro area, including Cobb County, Douglas County, Fulton County, Cherokee County, DeKalb County, Paulding County, Bartow County, and Gwinnett County, Georgia.
J.D., Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1988
B.A., New York University, 1983
Georgia State and Superior Courts (1992)
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia (1979)
United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1986)
Cobb County Bar Association
Georgia Bar Association, (Family Law and Criminal Law Sections)
Certified Guardian Ad Litem
Certified Special Master
Georgia Justice Foundation, Volunteer Lawyer
Atlanta Legal Aid, Volunteer Lawyer
Families First, Volunteer Lawyer
National Women’s Law Center, Volunteer Lawyer
Cobb County Family Law Workshop, Volunteer Presenter
Cobb Library Foundation, Past President (2010-2012)
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