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Divorce selfies are a growing trend

Much of the developments in modern life have far-reaching impacts that many Philadelphia residents may not have even considered. For instance, social media has become a large factor in the lives of many. Many choose to document all aspects of their lives, releasing all manner of details regarding their personal lives to the public. With the all-pervasive presence of social media, it is no surprise that there are ways in which public perception of divorce is altered by social media.

One social media trend that seems to be taking hold is the divorce "selfie." Many couples, it seems, are taking pictures of themselves in various stages of the divorce process. Some couples are taking photos outside court rooms, other couples are taking photos with the divorce papers in hand.

While many might imagine that these photos might be solemn or even gloomy, this does not appear to be so in many cases. A lot of these so-called divorce selfies contain pictures of smiling couples with positive, encouraging hashtags underneath. These couples celebrate what they call --rather than divorce -- "uncoupling" and express a desire to remove the stigma of divorce.

Not all divorces need to be messy affairs. In fact, if recent social media trends are anything to be believed, amicable divorce is a real possibility. However, this is not always the case. For many couples, avoidance of social media during divorce may be the most prudent course of action. In the case of a contentious divorce, any posts on social media may be used when determining certain divorce legal issues such as alimony, child support and property division. It is often a good idea to first consult with an attorney before taking any actions that may alter the way a divorce plays out.

Source: NY Post, "The divorce trend you won't believe," Haley Goldberg, Sept. 19, 2015

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