Beware – making ‘new friends’ on facebook could lead to divorce

19 Jun 2012

A report out today reveals that facebook is increasingly being cited as a reason for filing for divorce.

In 2009 20 per cent of behaviour petitions contained the word ‘facebook’ in them however in December 2011 this number significantly increased to 33 per cent.

Lisa Pepper, Partner and divorce solicitor at Osbornes comments:

“Social networking sites make it easy to connect with old friends and make new ones. These relationships although starting out as virtual can quickly escalate into something more serious and harmful to a marriage and have the potential to end a marriage”

As well as contributing to the breakdown of marriages, facebook is also being used as a revenge tool for a vengeful ex who are using facebook after they have separated  to make comment about their former partners on their wall.

Lisa continues:

“People need to be careful what they write and who they allow to write on their wall as such posts are being used as evidence in financial disputes and children cases”

Although not quite as influential, ‘Twitter’ also made an appearance in the divorce stakes by appearing in a number of divorce petitions. Similar to facebook,  people should be careful as to what they tweet and who they follow as friends.

Perhaps ex-partners should take a leaf out of Katy Perry’s book who reportedly has now removed Russell Brand as a follower on twitter and friend on facebook!

If you are thinking about filing for a divorce contact Lisa Pepper who will be able to advice you on the process. Lisa can also advice you on the other methods you may be able to pursue including mediation and collaborative law. Lisa is also a specialist collaborative lawyer recognised by independent family organisation Resolution.

The family department at Osbornes is recommeded and ranked by independent legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.  Our specialist family lawyers in London advise on all aspects of family lawincluding divorce law.


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