Finding that old flame on Facebook could lead to more than you bargained for. The renewal of that not-so-innocent friendship might end in marital disaster. Facebook is cited as evidence in 66% of divorces in the U.S., according to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In addition, more than 80% of divorce lawyers reported they "have seen an increase in the number of cases using social networking evidence" during the past few years. Here are five safeguards couples can apply to Facebook and other social networks:
  • Assess who you talk to the most. Is it a good mixture of men and women? Do you favor one friend over the others? 
  • Make your expectations very clear to your online friends. 
  • Do not engage in an intimate online conversation with someone who is not your spouse. 
  • Couples should set parameters about how much time and when they are online each day. If you're using Facebook at 2 a.m. when everyone else in the household is asleep, this could be the sign of a problem. 
  • Share your Facebook password with your spouse and vice-versa. That way you both know your Facebook private messages are not secret.


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