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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 erple2 on 1/4/2012 4:15:32 PM , Rating: 2
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
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.

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