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Study suggests social networking linked to divorce

Florida couples may find it interesting to know that a study that has been recently published indicates that there seems to be a direct correlation between couples experiencing marital discord and the use of social networking sites such as Facebook. In some cases, the couples can even reach a stage where they actually contemplate seeking a divorce.

The study indicates that a possible reason why using social networking sites or apps creates the marked increase in disharmony between couples is that social media make it easier for people to reconnect with old flames and reignite past relationships. They also make it easier to have a relationship with someone under the guise of a harmless friendship or private communications.

A possible solution that can hedge the bet in a couple's favor from having their relationship end as a result of social media use is to negotiate some ground rules of use. For example, couples can agree not to accept friend requests from any former partners or past flames. Another commonsense rule could be to agree to always be upfront and honest about one's adoption of any new forms of social media. Adopting such rules will help make one's partner feel included. It will also go a long way in helping stem possible suspicions of impropriety that may arise.

But the fact of the matter is that with a divorce rate that is currently hovering at around 50 percent, half of all marriages will fail no matter how hard the couple will strive to make theirs successful. Therefore if nothing else, this study should serve as a cogent reminder that it is better to be safe than sorry. It may make better sense in some cases to have a prenuptial agreement in place to protect one's assets or property.

A prenup can help a couple protect assets such as retirement accounts, premarital assets, property and more should the marriage fail. Furthermore, a couple can decide if they want to forgo or limit how much alimony or spousal support the other will get post-divorce. For a prenuptial agreement to be fair it is important for both parties involved to have legal representation.

Source: CBS Money Watch, "Divorce, social networks and prenups," Ray Martin, July 10, 2014

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