Divorce: "My wife is addicted to Facebook"

Posted by William H. Sherman on Nov 08, 2015 | 0 Comments

Question:     I need for a divorce lawyer to call me as soon as possible.  I need to get a divorce.  My wife doesn't seem to pay any attention to me.  She's always posting on Facebook, and it never seems to end.  She's either writing things for Facebook or taking pictures for Facebook or talking with friends on Facebook.  It never ends; she addicted to Facebook.

Since she doesn't work she has all this free time to post online.  She writes stuff about our family all the time.  She puts stuff up there that should be private.  She writes about what we eat for lunch, about when our dog goes to the bathroom, what clothing our kids wear, and she has even started to take pictures of her at the car wash and going grocery shopping.  Nothing is too trivial or insignificant for her.

It seemed like we spent over half the time on our last vacation looking for good backgrounds for pictures that she could post on Facebook.  It took hours and hours but finally she got the pictures she wanted.  I didn't have any fun; the kids didn't have any fun.  She even started to cry because she left her selfie-stick at home.

I think the last straw was when she posted an essay on our daughter's mental illness.  It was embarrassing to share that with people I don't even know, with people I've never met.  And in one post she accused me of having an affair and said that I lied about it. 

I can't take it anymore and I was wondering if you have had clients who got divorced because of Facebook.

C.G. in Alpharetta, GA

Answer:     With the prevalence of social media today, we are seeing many marriages negatively impacted by websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  It is not uncommon for a spouse to become obsessed with posting pictures and, in effect, keeping a public diary of their life on social media sites.

We have handled cases where a spouse loses interest in the relationship because they are too busy in their online world.  We've had cases where a spouse will “over share” information and that will cause the other spouse to be resentful and offended by what was posted.

Nothing you described is new to us.  But before proceeding with the divorce you need to speak with your wife about the problem.  Do your best to make her understand, from your point of view and the points of view of the children, what affect her online activities are having.

If she doesn't change, then it seems that divorce is inevitable.  If you do proceed with a divorce, then you will both have to address issues like child custody, child support and, potentially, alimony.

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