Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Irreconcilable wall posts? Nearly 1 in 5 divorce cases cite Facebook, lawyers say

Facebook is supposed to bring people together - but may be tearing some apart.

Divorce lawyers say the social networking site is tempting users to cheat on their spouses, reports The UK's Telegraph, and flirty messages and wall posts are increasingly being cited as evidence of extramarital activity.

One law firm says that nearly one in five divorce cases they’re working on cited Facebook, a site that allows people to connect with past friends and make new ones.

“I had heard from my staff that there were a lot of people saying they had found out things about their partners on Facebook and I decided to see how prevalent it was,” Mark Keenan, Managing Director of Divorce-Online tells the Telegraph. “I was really surprised to see 20 per cent of all the petitions containing references to Facebook

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Facebook: The truth is out there

Looking for a way out of her broken marriage, one woman turned to popular social networking site Facebook for evidence of her husband’s infidelity.

In the end, pictures and status updates posted by her husband’s pregnant girlfriend were proof enough for the court that the woman, who is in her late 20s, should not have to wait the standard three years for the divorce to be finalized.

Her lawyer Amolat Singh said: “She was a frequent Facebook user and was resourceful after stumbling on the photos.”

He is among a growing number of lawyers and private investigators here who say that with more people living their lives out loud online, Facebook has become a useful tool in legal battles.

The use of the social networking site has proven especially prevalent in evidence gathering for cases concerning extra-marital affairs or divorce.

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