Millions of people use social media platforms daily, and those apps have become a ubiquitous part of everyday life. There’s no denying its power and ability to connect the world, but we can’t ignore its adverse effects on relationships.
More and more studies have been released that reveal social media’s harmful role in marriages. Researchers have found that increased social media usage could lead to more relationship problems, infidelity, and even divorce. To shed light on this issue, our Florida family lawyers at Boeller Law, P.A. are exploring how social media can affect marriage and divorce proceedings.
Social Media and Marriages
Social media and online dating sites have contributed to the birth of many new relationships, but it’s also led to some marital issues. By understanding how these platforms affect relationships, it may help minimize the negative impact on your marriage.
Too much screen time: Some couples have found themselves plugged into their devices rather than interacting with each other, eventually leading to a disconnect.
Suspicious behavior and jealousy: Social media provides easy access for a suspicious spouse to monitor their partner's activity and interactions. And on the other hand, it can be used as a place for people to hide relationships or secrets. Both can lead to more jealousy and mistrust.
An avenue for infidelity: Sometimes, a spouse's suspicions are warranted. Many have turned away from their marriages to social media to look for new relationships and begin online affairs. Smartphones and social media apps have made it easy for dissatisfied spouses to contact an ex or someone new.
Social Media & Divorce
With the increasing use of social media, it’s also become a source of evidence used in many divorce cases. During the divorce process, the other party may investigate your online activity. With that in mind, you should be mindful of what you post, comment, or share. We’ve put together a list of how social media can be used in divorce proceedings:
Posting images with others: If a spouse shares pictures and details about their infidelity, it can be used as evidence in divorce.
Evidence of time and place: Social media can also serve as evidence to show that a spouse was in a particular time or place.
Spending habits: Sharing purchasing habits on social media can be used against a spouse to show proof of spending or income.
When it comes to social media and divorce, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you are considering a divorce or need legal advice, Boeller Law, P.A. is here to help. We can help answer any questions you have about the potential complications that social media can create.
Contact Boeller Law, P.A. for a free consultation by calling (941) 315-8598. Our attorneys are ready to help individuals and families throughout Venice, Sarasota, Charlotte County, Manatee County, and the surrounding areas.