Researchers find link between social media and divorce

A few weeks ago we discussed whether social media clauses in prenuptial agreements can be beneficial. Now social media and marriage is back in the spotlight, and it may leave some Connecticut residents rethinking their computer usage.

According to a study conducted by researchers at Boston University and Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, a correlation exists between social media usage and marital happiness and divorce. Their analysis found that a 20 percent increase in Facebook users was linked to a nearly four and a half percent increase in divorce rates in the United States. Additionally, of those couples who do not participate in social media, 11 percent happier in their marriage than those who used social media heavily. Though the study merely suggests a link between social media usage and divorce, researchers believe additional studies will strengthen their findings.

Regardless of whether social media has played a role, many of Connecticut’s residents are considering divorce. However, they may be afraid of a hotly contested divorce that is filled with emotional stress. Fortunately, these individuals can take comfort knowing that not every divorce is hate-fueled. Instead, a divorcing couple can come together amicably and use mediation and collaboration to reach a resolution that is fair to both parties.

By utilizing divorce mediation, couples can use a neutral third party mediator to help them resolve their divorce issues. A mediator can help the parties, who remain represented by their own attorneys, reach agreements regarding property division, alimony, child custody, and child support without having to take the matter to court. This way, the couple remains in control of their futures so that they do not leave important decisions in the hands of a judge who does not know them. Thus, divorce mediation and collaboration may be the best answer for some couples that are looking to dissolve their marriage on good terms and start their new lives off on the right foot.