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Is Facebook bad mojo for new Michigan couples?

Facebook users in Michigan and across the United States might regard the social media platform as a way to stay in close contact with friends and loved ones. Pictures can be uploaded instantly to Facebook from smartphones, offering instantaneous updates about one’s activities. Status updates can provide further context for one’s activities. Yet such close communication might actually do more harm than good in a marriage, according to a recent study.

Researchers surveyed 205 Facebook users over the age of 18, of whom 79 percent indicated they were in a relationship. The survey questions inquired about the length of the relationship, the frequency of social media use, and relationship troubles arising from that use -- including spying on a significant other’s Facebook activity.

In relationships less than three years old, researchers found that excessive Facebook produced more relationship discord. Reconnecting online to former partners as one source of trouble, leading to jealousy, mistrust and even cheating.

Surprisingly, another survey of divorce lawyers also confirmed that the subject of Facebook use or online connections arose in perhaps as many of one-third of their divorce cases. In addition to possibly harming newer relationships -- in which couples may not yet have established a strong foundation of trust -- the online content might also be used to support discovery requests into another spouse’s assets.

At a minimum, admissions about personal wealth or assets on an online site might be discoverable in a divorce proceeding. If granted, such a motion might mean forensic audits, additional financial experts, and a longer divorce proceeding.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, “Facebook, Divorce Linked In New Study,” June 6, 2013

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Is Facebook bad mojo for new Michigan couples? | Peter A D'Angelo, Attorney at Law, PLC