Facebook to blame for one third of UK divorces claims law firm


By The Drum Team, Editorial

January 2, 2012 | 1 min read

Facebook has been blamed for causing one-third of divorces in the UK by a law firm.

Divorce-Online has claimed that the social networking site is increasing being used as a source for evidence in divorce cases, with a 50% jump in the number of ‘behaviour-based’ divorce petitions including the term Facebook being filed in the last two years.

The firm also said that at least one third of the 5,000 petitions filed in 2011 mentioned Facebook.

"Facebook has become the primary method for communicating with friends for many people. People contact ex-partners and the messages start as innocent, but lead to trouble. If someone wants to have an affair or flirt with the opposite sex then it's the easiest place to do it," said Mark Keenan, managing director of Divorce-Online.


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