Marriage may be disliking Facebook

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May 24, 2012, 8:16 am
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(NECN) - It's been said before that marriage and Facebook don't get along, but new statistics may shock the happy social networking couples.

In 2011, more than one-third of divorce filings contained the word Facebook, according to a U.K. survey by Divorce Online, a  legal services firm. Over 80-percent of U.S. divorce attorneys say they've seen a rise in the number of cases using social networking, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Attorney Gina Ghioldi specializes in divorce and family law. She joined "The Morning Show" to share her personal and professional experience with the impact of social media on divorce.

As Ghioldi explains, she has seen a tremendous impact of social media on divorce over the past 2.5 years.

The reason? There is no black and white answer. The rules for digital media and divorce are evolving, subject to a court's rules of evidence, and can differ from state to state - even judge to judge. 

Gina's recommendation is for people to presume everything they find can be used, unless and until their attorney tells them otherwise (based on their particular fact pattern and the judge assigned to their case).

Some other social networking sites that have caused divorce include Twitter, dating social networks (married people portray themselves as single, divorced or widowed), alternative lifestyle social websites, and even racier forums (not suitable to mention on-air).

Tags: Facebook, divorce, marriage, the morning show, Facebook divorce, Attorney Gina Ghioldi
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