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Twitter was responsible for 20 percent of UK divorces

Last year, Raleigh, North Carolina attorneys reported that Facebook and MySpace were involved in most divorce cases due to a spouse's inappropriate behavior on such social networking sites. Now, it seems the UK has the same complaint.

Divorce-Online, a UK divorce website, conducted a survey consisting of 5,000 people in 2009 and 2011. The participants were asked a series of questions regarding their spouse's behavior, which included their online behavior.

According to the survey's results, 20 percent of behavior petitions in 2009 contained the word Facebook. In 2011, this number jumped to 33 percent.


Other social networking sites didn't reach that high of a percentage. For instance, Twitter was only at 20 percent in 2011, and the problem associated with the network is that spouse's used it to make comments about exes.

However, the reasons for listing Facebook on the behavior petitions were inappropriate messages sent to a person of the opposite sex, Facebook friends reporting spouse's behavior, and separated spouses posting harsh comments about each other.

"People need to be careful what they write on their walls as the courts are seeing these posts being used in financial disputes and children cases as evidence," said Mark Keenan, a spokesman for Divorce-Online.

Source: T3



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RE: Fathers losing out...
By akaTONE on 1/3/2012 11:57:42 PM , Rating: 3
I myself am going through a separation and divorce currently. We have two beautiful kids and I myself cannot and could not ever fathom choosing to be away from my kids unless I was being physically abused. In that case, one would probably be able to get better than 50/50 custody anyways.

I disagree about the sterilization comments. Yes, many are a drain on the system. But, the hardship they endure can provide a foundation for great artists, athletes and hard workers to be formed. <kidding>Maybe California should pass a law requiring that we also teach kids about what kids from broken families eventually grew up to be important figures in society.</kidding> I would never wish what is currently happening, on my children or anybody else's. Things are always darkest right before they get brighter.

I do agree about child support though. It seems like the child support laws have removed one large barrier from leaving a marriage. If a spouse is financially dependent but wants out, he/she is still *entitled* to child support in most states. That just gives somebody one less reason to make the marriage work. It would feed the "gotta have it now" attitude of many people today. Why? If only one party wants out of the marriage, the one being left should not have to pay the other ... provided the kids are being taken care of equally by both parents. The party that wants out should not expect to still be paid to take care of the kids if the other is taking care of them for half the time and already paying half the expenses as well. I would gladly take my kids and never request child support. They are my kids, my responsibility. If I cannot afford to take care of them, then I would find a way to do so without being a drain on my former spouse. Having someone pay me to take care of my own kids, because I was tired of being married, just seems wrong.


RE: Fathers losing out...
By muhahaaha on 1/4/2012 11:52:39 AM , Rating: 2
The child support system is unjust and should be reformed. I pay $1500.00 per month to Massachusetts, and was unemployed for 8 months. Now I am over $15,000 in arrears, and they are relentlessly trying to take any and all assets I have.

Not even a bankruptcy can discharge this debt and I didn't have any choice, being out of work.

I live in Arizona and haven't even seen my children in 5 years. There are simply no hi-tech jobs in MA so I really had no choice but to come to AZ.

I wish I could find a way out, because I pay 1/3 of my salary to CS and can't even afford to fly out and visit my children. It makes me sick.


RE: Fathers losing out...
By erple2 on 1/4/2012 4:15:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It seems like the child support laws have removed one large barrier from leaving a marriage. If a spouse is financially dependent but wants out, he/she is still *entitled* to child support in most states. That just gives somebody one less reason to make the marriage work. It would feed the "gotta have it now" attitude of many people today. Why? If only one party wants out of the marriage, the one being left should not have to pay the other


So the reason why the law exists the way it does is precisely for that reason. I can remember a time when divorce was scandalous, and pretty much exclusively for the woman in the marriage. At the time, a bad marriage was a death sentence for the woman in the marriage - there was no way to get out of it, no job that the woman could actually get that paid reasonably well to take care of children, and you were 100% beholden to your spouse. When it turns out that your spouse was an abusive, philandering, addict, there was zero recourse for the woman in the marriage. She was essentially trapped in the marriage, since she would not be able to financially split from her husband, and still be able to see the children.

These days, things are a bit different, though still not at parity. Once women and men (or at least each spouse) makes equal pay for equal work, then I think that you might be right.

While I do agree that efforts should be made to keep the marriage together, there are cases where it becomes apparent that it just can't, no matter how much effort you put into it.

It's a difficult issue that has several cases. I believe that in the majority of the cases, it works reasonably fairly. There are numerous cases, however, where one of the two parties gets the short end of the stick.


RE: Fathers losing out...
By EricMartello on 1/6/2012 2:27:49 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
These days, things are a bit different, though still not at parity. Once women and men (or at least each spouse) makes equal pay for equal work, then I think that you might be right.


There is no longer gender discrimination; women have just as much opportunity to earn money as men do, but that doesn't change the fact that some types of work are better suited to men while others are better suited to women. Men and women are not identical and quite obviously have different thought processes and logic patterns... (or with women, a lack of logic as is often the case).


RE: Fathers losing out...
By thatmikeguy on 1/6/2012 3:26:11 PM , Rating: 2
Well, they even made a TV show about this. "Work It" on ABC.


"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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