The Houston Family Law Blog

Facebook Responsible For Twenty Percent of Divorces?

Social networking websites like have definitely transformed the way many people communicate with friends and family members, but it might be a bit surprising to learn that Facebook actually helps to break up a significant number of relationships each year.

According to, a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) found that one in five divorces are caused by Facebook-related antics. Many family law attorneys across the country say that they're not too surprised by the study, as social networking websites like Facebook allow easier access for users to engage with people of past relationships or get romantically involved with people from the internet.

Sometimes a Facebook user will even start paying more attention to his or her social media contacts than their in-person social life, including their spouse or significant other. This type of behavior can certainly lead to hostility or tension in a marriage.

Let's not forget about the role that Facebook could play in Texas divorce cases. Photos uploaded to the website or even simple status updates can be used as evidence in court. Information on Facebook can also be used to determine if a person is unfit to be a parent in child custody cases. Hence, it could be a good idea to stay off Facebook when you're in the middle of a heated divorce case, or at least be cautious of the type of updates that you're making to your account.

Some lawyers put it this way: don't post anything on Facebook you don't want a judge to see.

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