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Divorce Over Facebook Relationship Status

Divorce Over Facebook Relationship Status

We’ve heard of Facebook being used in the divorce courtroom for a number of reasons, namely digging up nasty messages and comments one spouse has said to the other.  But, one wife in India is trying to use her husband’s unchanged “single” relationship status as grounds for divorce.

The Deccan Chronicle recently reported on the story in which an Indian woman has filed for divorce since her husband has not changed his Facebook relationship status from “single” to “married.”

Her husband, a 31-year-old businessman, reportedly told the court that updating his status had simply slipped his mind, as the pair wed only two months ago. But his 28-year-old IT professional wife pressed on with the divorce because she “couldn’t trust him”, high court advocate P. Subhash told the paper.

The judge reportedly told the newlyweds to undergo six months of counseling.

The story may seem a little outlandish but an Asian Age report sheds a little more light on the situation. It’s an arranged marriage and apparently, this kind of thing happens frequently still in the region the couple is from:

The Telugu couple had an arranged marriage just two months ago. … The judge has given the two parties six months to undergo counselling.

There are several cases like this one of couples wasting the time of the courts by asking for marriages to be invalidated for the flimsiest of reasons. Altercations over who makes the tea and refusal to take an in-law’s phone call have snow-balled into divorces. Family court lawyer Anita Salabh Jain says couples are not serious about a long-term relationship. “They just want to make insignificant issues culminate into something serious and drag the spouse to court. The sole issue of not changing one’s marital status in social networking sites can’t be accepted as a ground for divorce. The court will try to bring the parties together,” she said.

Do you feel Facebook relationship status is a viable reason for divorce?  Even if the marriage was arranged?

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