Technology is constantly evolving. So is its effect on human interaction and the way it affects family life. Modern technology is transforming everything about how relationships start, progress and, sometimes, even how they end.
Here are some of the ways that technology could affect your marriage and divorce:
Technology can make it harder to stay married
It’s easier than ever to reach out to old friends — and old loves. It’s also easier to end up leaning on someone you know online for emotional support when times are tough. That can easily lead to an emotional (or physical) affair. Facebook and other social media sites cause a lot of modern marital discord.
Social media sites are being mined for evidence of misdeeds
Everything you put on social media can be screenshot or copied and printed. In a divorce, you can bet that the other side will be on the watch for any posts or images that can be slanted in a way that makes you look bad. For example, if you’re trying to convince the court that you’re a devoted father, those photos of you playing quarters at a backyard barbecue when the kids were in your custody could be used to undermine your claim.
Technology can make it easier to stay connected to your kids
For a lot of parents, the hardest part about a divorce is not having their children with them every day. Social media, Skype, texts and email can actually be wonderful tools that will help you stay in touch and have “virtual visitation” no matter what custody schedule you have or the distance between you.
If you’re facing the possibility of a divorce, talk to your attorney about how technology can both benefit and hurt you during this time.