Social media has given us many great things in the last couple of decades, but it also presents very real threats to relationships. For many marriages, the availability of other partners through social media and the ease of reconnecting with a former girlfriend or boyfriend are some of the biggest causes of divorce.

It’s a tale as old as time — or at least as old as 2004. Divorce attorneys consistently report that one of the biggest contributors to divorce in the last decade is one spouse or the other reconnecting with an old flame on Facebook. If you have concerns that your spouse may have a Facebook fling happening, you need to carefully consider your next steps.

This sort of behavior does not always have to lead to divorce. After all, we each have moments of foolishness, and our most unwise decisions should not be the things that define us or our relationships. However, if your spouse has reconnected with an ex on Facebook or some other social media, is that a symptom of a larger, more fatal flaw within your marriage? If so, you may want to consider taking steps to protect yourself in the event that divorce is on the way.

Even if you’re not sure you want a divorce, you should consider consulting with an experienced divorce attorney to understand how to prepare for divorce if things do go that way. With proper legal counsel, you can set the tone of your divorce and ensure that your rights and freedoms remain secure as you navigate this difficult season on the way to a fresh start.

Source: Huffington Post, “The 8 Biggest Relationship Killers, According To Divorce Attorneys,” Brittany Wong, June 13, 2017