March 10, 2011
There are more than 500 million active users of Facebook worldwide, according to the site’s own statistics page. It stands to reason, then, that Facebook would have an ever-larger role in the everyday reality of its users. And in fact, when it comes to the not so everyday reality of divorce, the social networking site appears to be increasingly relevant.
For one thing, Facebook, like a high school reunion, can be the road to infidelity. What starts as an innocent reconnection with an old flame can turn into evenings of instant messaging, and the rest is history. But Facebook’s involvement in your divorce doesn’t end there–in more and more cases, Facebook pages and status updates are being used as evidence in the courtroom. The American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers estimates that over 80% of its members have used Facebook evidence in court.