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The Internet has changed both marriage and divorce

A great many Massachusetts couples began their relationship by way of the Internet. The ability to connect with one another online and share our hopes and desires with potential partners has revolutionized the dating scene for people across the nation. The Internet has also changed the way that those relationships play out, however, and in many cases the same thing that brought a couple together can lead to an eventual divorce.

A spouse’s online activities can quickly become an issue within their marriage. In fact, such behaviors play a role in many divorce cases, and family law attorneys have become very familiar with the many ways that the Internet can challenge a marriage. One common issue involves spouses who are able to reach out to former partners through various online social media platforms.

While many of these efforts are completely benign, and represent nothing more than mere curiosity, there are many more that cause irreparable harm to a relationship. Once the door has been opened to a connection with someone from a spouse’s past, the lines of appropriate behavior can quickly blur. Many spouses find that they have crossed those lines without ever intending to do so.

When online activities have led to one spouse’s decision to file for divorce, it is important to remain focused on the divorce process itself, and not the underlying pain that caused the split. Becoming distracted by one’s emotional reaction to the end of a Massachusetts marriage is not conducive to the many tasks that need to be accomplished throughout a divorce. While this can be a difficult hurdle to cross, many find that taking advantage of a brief period of therapy can help to process the emotional aspects of divorce. Doing so also allows a spouse to devote the proper measure of time and energy to planning for the future, and making sure that the negotiation strategy implemented within their divorce is in line with those goals.

Source: Valley News, Modern Relationships, Julia Prodis Sulek, Nov. 30, 2013

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