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Social media may cause divorce, research shows

A new study shows that social networks could actually contribute to divorce. This is because people who use social media sites, like Facebook, have easier access to previous relationship partners and can easily maintain communication with potential love interests. The threat of divorce due to social media is one reason that creating prenuptial agreements may be wise for many couples in Florida today who are about to recite their marriage vows.

Prenuptial agreements, which are formed before a couple marries, have many purposes. First, an agreement can actually feature a guideline requiring a spouse, who ends up cheating on the other person or engaging in forbidden activities, such as drug use, to pay restitution to the other party. This can help to protect those who are fearful about being cheated on during their marriage.

In addition to offering protection regarding these types of personal issues, prenuptial agreements can also offer financial protection. Two individuals can spell out in the agreement how their incomes and assets will be handled during the marriage as well as in the event of a divorce. The agreement can address what each person possessed prior to the marriage, what they will accumulate in the course of their marriage and any property they end up inheriting.

Prenuptial agreements must be structured correctly and fairly in order to effectively safeguard the assets and financial interests of both parties in a marriage. If a divorce happens and no prenuptial agreement exists, a court in Florida will be responsible for splitting up the couple’s property. The court’s decisions often are contradictory to what both parties or one of the parties would have preferred. It is within the rights of both individuals to seek an outcome that is most satisfactory and beneficial to them in the long-term.

Source: CBS News, “Divorce, social networks and prenups“, Ray Martin, July 10, 2014