Facebook fuels overseas divorce rate

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Divorce attorneys are getting more business thanks to Facebook.

One in five divorces cite the social networking site as the reason behind the break-up, according to a news report in London’s Telegraph.

Suspicious spouses used the web site to find evidence of flirting and extramarital affairs, said Mark Keenan, managing director of Divorce-Online.com.

“I was really surprised to see 20 percent of all the petitions containing references to Facebook,” he said. “The most common reason seemed to be people have inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to.”

Computer firms have cashed in on the trend, developing software that allows spouses to electronically spy on someone’s activities.

In at least one case, a woman discovered that her husband was divorcing her via his Facebook status: “Neil Brady has ended his marriage to Emma Brady.”