Woman files for divorce because husband would not change his facebook status to married

The Facebook split: Indian woman files for divorce after husband failed to change his relationship status to married

By David Baker
UPDATED: 11:02, 18 May 2012

An Indian woman is filing for divorce after her husband failed to change his relationship status to married on social network site Facebook.

The 28-year-old has already approached the family court seeking divorce saying that she can not trust him after her failed to announce their marriage on the website.

The Telugu couple had an arranged marriage just two months ago and the case was filed in the jurisdiction of an Aurangabad court where the women is thought to live.

According to the Deccan Chronicle her husband told the court that he had forgotten to update his status, but the judge has given the two parties six months to undergo counselling.

Speaking to the Indian based newspaper High Court advocate Mr Subhash said, ‘I came to know of the above incident from the magistrate in the Aurangabad court.

‘The Hyderabadi husband had told the judge that he was so busy post marriage with family and his furniture business that he really had no time to check his FB or change his status.

‘He was willing to do so now or even de-activate his account, however, the woman was not keen to continue with the marriage and she says her husband might be doing things behind her back and she couldn’t trust him.’

Although there are thought to be few cases whereby the failure to change a status of a relationship has caused a breakdown Facebook is increasingly being used as a source of evidence in divorce cases, according to lawyers.

The social networking site was cited as a reason for a third of divorces last year in which unreasonable behaviour was a factor, according to law firm Divorce-Online.

The firm said it had seen a 50 per cent jump in the number of behaviour-based divorce petitions that contained the word ‘Facebook’ in the past two years.

Mark Keenan, managing director of Divorce-Online, said: ‘Facebook has become the primary method for communicating with friends for many people.

‘People contact ex-partners and the messages start as innocent, but lead to trouble.

‘If someone wants to have an affair or flirt with the opposite sex then it’s the easiest place to do it.’

Thirty-three per cent of the 5,000 behaviour petitions filed with the firm in the past year mentioned the site.

The most common reasons for Facebook causing problems in relationships were a spouse finding flirty messages, photos of their partner at a party they did not know about or with someone they should not have been with.

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