It hasn't been hard to miss the news lately that social networking and the Internet are playing a greater part in divorce cases. Indeed, we wrote about the issues in one matrimonial proceeding (Facebook comment affects Ohio man's child custody proceeding, March 28). Whether in a high asset divorce or a more "common" divorce, it may not come as a surprise to some Ohio residents that sites like Facebook are not only able to be used as evidence in divorce court with statuses, images and other suspicious activity; it is also the case, that social networking sites may be playing a part in the cause of divorces.

Facebook and other social networking sites provide individuals with the unique ability to connect with people from their past, something not possible in the same way just a few years ago. With chat functions built into the sites, individuals are offered the opportunity to begin new relationships with past flames. These relationships could even develop into an extramarital affair right under their spouse's nose.

A recent study done by DivorceOnline revealed that in 2011, one in three divorce cases had at least one mention of Facebook in the paperwork. This is up 20 percent from a similar study done in 2009.

Married individuals in Ohio may benefit from taking care with what they post onto the Internet, whether they are at risk for developing a tempting relationship or may put aspects of their divorce settlement at risk through suspicious activity. Regardless of whether it is a high asset divorce or a more traditional divorce, Facebook and other social networking sites will likely continue to play a role in divorce cases.

Source:, "Study shows 1 in 3 divorces filed use the word 'Facebook'," Amanda Evans, May 29, 2012