Twenty years ago, it may have been difficult for some people to predict the large role that social media would play in the lives of people in Virginia and across the country. Websites such as Facebook have completely changed how people conduct their business and maintain their personal and professional relationships. Unfortunately, some reports indicate that such sites may also be playing a role in divorce.
According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a large number of divorce filings in 2011 included the word “Facebook.” In fact, statistics indicate that as many as a third of court filings included some sort of reference to the social media site. However, the number may be much higher now. Some reports indicate that the a majority of attorneys are seeing a rise in social networking during divorce proceedings.
The ease of posting information on social media sites can make it tempting to do so. However, once information is posted, it is challenging — if not impossible — to remove. It may be difficult to fully determine how such information could be portrayed and used during divorce proceedings.
With or without social media, many couples in Virginia ultimately decide that even after years together, they are no longer compatible. While the decision to divorce may be a difficult one to make, it is often in the best interest of all parties to seek a new start in their lives. An experienced family law attorney can help those who decide that their marriage is no longer working take the necessary steps toward a more fulfilling life.