In a prior blog post (May 5), we discussed the variance that researchers in multiple studies found between what people perceived as standard child custody outcomes and what they would do if they could decide the issue. Most people believe quite strongly that courts favor mothers over fathers and routinely award custody to the former, and that this is often wrong. Study respondents would, in most cases, award equal custody to both parents.
We informed readers of a rather startling statistic in our April 29 blog post, namely, this: Online posts, mostly Facebook communications, have ended up as evidence in about 80 percent of all divorce cases that have been filed in the United States over the past five years.
Here is a telling statistic for persons in family law disputes who aren't particularly careful about their social media presence: According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, online posts -- mostly from Facebook -- were introduced into evidence in about 80 percent of all divorce cases over the past five years.
Perhaps one day economists will routinely add one additional factor in their analysis of indicators and events -- such as the unemployment rate, consumer confidence, housing starts and retail sales -- that collectively help gauge how the economy is doing: the divorce rate.