September 23, 2021

5 Reasons for Divorce and Why Facebook Is Part of It

There have been numerous studies on why married people get divorced. Most causes are intertwined and linked together. Money, infidelity, and substance abuse are common reasons for a divorce. However, a new study suggests that social media plays a massive role in the end of many marital relations.

A study published in the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking found that people who use Facebook are more likely to encounter Facebook-related conflicts with their romantic partners. The conflict then leads to a possibility of a breakup or a divorce. 

Researchers backed the claim by surveying 205 Facebook users aged 18 to 82. 79 percent of the respondents reported being in a romantic relationship. But why is Facebook, a seemingly harmless social media platform, a reason for divorce?

1. Commitment Issues

85 percent of people state lack of commitment as their primary reason for a divorce. However, it is a reason that is challenging to prove. The outward signs point to extramarital affairs, such as not being communicative or not working towards a shared financial goal. Therefore, people might state lack of commitment as the primary issue as it is an underlying cause of more obvious problems.

2. Growing Apart

Next to lack of commitment, people who divorced stated that “we grew apart” or “we drifted apart” as the primary reason for their decision. The concept of incompatibility could conclude other reasons that may come up, such as lack of shared values, marrying too young, sexual difficulties, and religious differences. Although many couples can work through their differences, some differences might not be reconcilable.

3. Extramarital Affairs

Surprisingly, infidelity or adultery is not the top reason for divorce. Although it’s an answer that always came up during surveys, it’s not as often as lack of commitment or growing apart. More often than not, extramarital affairs happen because there were already problems in the marriage. It could be an unconscious way of provoking the other spouse to call an end to the union.

4. Financial Incompatibility

In several studies, 40 percent of people stated financial problems—complaints about how their ex-spouse handled money—were primary reasons they divorced. Any serious excuse to fight over money can be referred to as “financial incompatibility.” Most studies show that financial incompatibility is a primary reason for divorce among couples with lower incomes. When there is less to go around, there are more fights on how people handle money.

5. Facebook

Russell B. Clayton, the researcher, hypothesized that more frequent social media use and monitoring of one’s partner could lead to misunderstandings and feelings of jealousy. The study has proved that hypothesis by noting a strong correlation between Facebook use and relationship stability.  

The correlation is a result of jealousy and arguments about past partners related to social media snooping. Although social media aims to connect people wherever they may be, reconnecting with past lovers may lead to emotional and physical cheating.

Conclusion

We’ve seen the usual reasons why married couples file for divorce. However, as social media grows as part of our culture, it might soon be part of why people choose to end their marriage. But if you want to save the relationship from failing, it’s best to communicate with your partners and set boundaries of what they can control on your social media accounts. After all, being in a relationship is all about trust and commitment to the person you are with.

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September 16, 2021

How to Determine If Your Spouse Is Hiding Assets for Divorce

Marriage is a choice—anyone who has been married for more than a few years can tell you how difficult of a choice it can be. That said, while some people are able to find reasons to keep making that choice, others may find themselves needing to step away from the marriage. Unfortunately, the realization does not make the decision to end the marriage easier. 

This is when things can become quite messy. Money, properties, and assets can be difficult subjects to open up even before the end of a relationship. If one person decides that the marriage is over before the other, a likely scenario is that they can start preparing for divorce well ahead of their spouse. This often manifests in hiding assets away for themselves and separate from the marriage. This can ensure that they will have more to keep once the relationship is officially over. 

Here are some signs to look out for to know if your spouse is hiding away assets to prepare for divorce:

Overpaying Debts or Paying Unknown Debts

It’s good practice to keep track of all your debts as a couple. This not only helps with your own security and peace of mind but it also helps you understand your finances better. 

Noticing the first signs of cracks in your marriage might blind you to looking at other aspects of your life together. But if you’re aware of the damage in your relationship and money is already a big concern, it would be wise to pay attention to your debts.

Pay attention to the amount of money they’re paying for debts or unfamiliar debts. This is one of the most common places your spouse can start hiding away money. 

Going on Sudden and Unexplained Trips

Trips, whether it’s one day or several are not taken without discussion, especially when you’re married. Frequent unexplained trips are a big red flag, especially if communication has become a problem in your relationship. When your spouse is frequently gone for days or even just a day, it’s time to start investigating where they’re going and how much they’re spending.

Of course, those trips may or may not be luxury getaways, but that begs the question of what they’re doing and where the money they’re spending is going. This is a common tactic that people often use to hide away assets, either through “travel agencies” or simply putting money in a faraway account.

Making Expensive Purchases without Your Knowledge

Since your assets and accounts are tied together, it’s important that you both inform each other whenever you’re making a big purchase, regardless of your current situation. When your spouse decides to bypass that and go ahead with buying expensive things, it’s already a bad sign. If they go out of their way to hide it from you, it should raise alarms.

There are plenty of expensive items they can purchase now and sell later. There is also a possibility, just like with the frequent unexplained trips that the money is not actually being spent, rather hidden in plain sight by buying expensive things. Be sure to watch out for suspicious or luxury items in your home if you’re currently caught in a situation like this with your spouse.

Conclusion

Finding out that your spouse is not just hiding but actually money and assets away from you can be devastating. In the state of Florida, this act is not without its consequences. That’s why it’s important to look out for the signs and hire professionals to confirm your suspicions. Once you have the necessary information and evidence you need to prove this, it’s best to contact a divorce lawyer immediately, for your safety and security.

If you need professional law advice and services, we are here to help you. Dorsey Law JAX is a law firm that specializes in family law, criminal law, and personal injury. We can help you get what you deserve. Feel free to contact us anytime.

August 26, 2021

Moving Out of a Marital Home During a Divorce: What to Know

During a divorce, there may come the point wherein you and your spouse cannot live together under one roof. Although moving out of a marital home may seem like the best and most logical move one can make, the process may entail consequences in the proceedings of the case. For this reason, it’s best to consider how leaving the property can legally affect the divorce or separation. Doing so will help you plan carefully and make the best decisions.

Will Moving Out of the Home Result in Abandonment Charges?

No, Florida has no fault divorce. There are no grounds for divorce. If one spouse leaves the home and fails to support their child or children, then the Court may consider that circumstances in determining which parent should be awarded the majority of timesharing.

If domestic violence has occurred or is a threat, it may be best to take children from a home. However, the leaving spouse should obtain a court order for temporary custody. Failure to do so, could result in the Court believing that party is not co-parenting the children. It’s best to consult a family attorney if you plan on leaving home with your kids.

If the children remain in the home, the remaining parent may argue that they should receive the majority of timesharing because changing the living arrangements can be challenging for the kids. However, making a written parenting agreement before moving out can establish a parenting schedule. 

Will Moving Out of the Property Result in Losing Rights to It?

Moving out of the marital home during a divorce typically does not mean the person will lose rights or interest in the property. The spouse moving out should keep an inventory of the items in the property, photographing important items. 

The person who stays within the home will not automatically gain the house when the division of the property happens, as the courts will attempt to divide assets equitably or fairly. One spouse may keep the house, while the other keeps money or other properties of similar value with the home.

Some states may consider “fault” in dividing the property, but Florida is a “no-fault” state wherein a person will not be held responsible for the abandonment or desertion of a marriage. Regardless, whoever leaves or remains in the house during the divorce will not be a significant factor in whoever is entitled to receive the home.

Consult Experienced Family Lawyers in Jacksonville

Dissolution of marriage is always difficult, and some factors can make things even more complicated. Moving out of a home may seem ideal when the situation is abusive, but there are consequences in doing so. To ensure that the process remains fair and lawful, you must always seek the advice of an experienced lawyer before making your move.

If you’re looking for a family law firm in Jacksonville, FL, let Dorsey Law JAX assist you. With experienced attorneys committed to helping you with various family law issues, we can ensure that you’ll get the best legal representation you need. Get in touch with us today.

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