Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are being increasingly referred to in divorce petitions with many people admitting to browsing their partner’s social media accounts and subsequently admitting that this has led to frequent arguments about who their partner has been communicating with. Many partners are looking for evidence of infidelity such as the sending of secret messages and the posting of inappropriate photos.
In addition, the length of time that a partner is spending on Facebook and similar social media sites is also becoming cited in Divorce petitions. It appears that people are becoming more and more obsessed with social media to the extent that their partners are being left by the wayside, leaving them feeling neglected and lonely.
The rise of social media has also eased the process of contacting old friends or ex-partners and with the rise in chat apps such as WhatsApp, it is becoming much easier for people to be unfaithful. It was recently reported in the Guardian newspaper that 42% of users of the dating app, Tinder actually already have a partner. It appears that many people are just ‘shopping around’ which is known as a Tinder Tourist. It is much easier to connect with someone discreetly online than to do so in a public place and although many users with partners have confirmed that they would have no intention of meeting up with anyone from Tinder, the discovery of using the App by a partner is often enough to cause significant strain in a relationship, which could easily end in separation or divorce. The days of using the secret mobile phone may be dwindling, but dating Apps such as Tinder and Grindr can be just as damaging to a relationship should they be discovered.
‘Facebook’ divorces are becoming more common and with the continued increase in social media sites and dating Apps, there may just be too much temptation for some people not to take part, even if they are in a happy relationship.
If you would like more information on Divorce matters, speak to our Family Law Solicitor, Louisa Gothard on 020 7998 7777 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.