Lawyers are now increasingly turning to evidence from social networking sites as evidence in divorce cases
Middle class adulterers are using Twitter to conduct illicit affairs.
Research by an online divorce company has found that Twitter could be becoming the preferred method of communicating with secret partners during affairs for the middle classes.
Divorce-Online.co.uk studied over 1,000 behaviour divorce petitions produced by the divorce service between December 31st 2009 and June 30th 2010 for the word Twitter and found that 102 (10%) of the petitions looked at found that the micro- blogging service had been mentioned in a word search of their behaviour allegation data.
looking deeper into a sample of those petitions, they found that the majority of the errant spouses (72%) were men aged between 35-45 and were earning above £40,000
The common themes in these divorce petitions were that the errant spouse was using Twitter to either conduct affairs or flirt with members of the opposite sex and their spouses had found out and were using this in their behaviour allegations.
Lawyers are now increasingly turning to evidence from social networking sites as evidence in divorce cases as the use of social networking has become the preferred method of communication for adults.
Mark Keenan, Managing Director of Divorce-Online.Co.uk, says " This is not surprising at all. Social networking sites are taking over from e-mail and instant messaging as the preferred method of communication on the Internet for almost everybody online, and people who want to conduct illicit affairs will just use the tools that are out there. Twitter is used by a lot of professionals and business people which would make it more attractive to use, than say Facebook in my opinion"
Note for editors:
Divorce-Online.Co.UK is the UK's largest provider of uncontested divorce services and has helped over 64,000 clients since 1999.
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