In the divorce case in Palmi, in the southern Calabria region of Italy, the court found the husband to be at fault, on the grounds that the statements on social media could be degrading, even if there was no evidence of infidelity.
The couple’s divorce case, whose names were kept secret in the Italian press, was filed in 2016, but it took about five years for the verdict to come out. According to reports, the fact that the husband introduces himself as single on his Facebook account and wrote that he likes women was also considered as evidence in the divorce case.
The Palmi Court ruled that these expressions used by the husband on social media indicated that he did not respect the marital bond. In the court decision, it was stated that “although the information shared by the man on his social media profile does not constitute clear evidence of an extramarital affair, it constitutes an attitude that harms the dignity of his wife publicly and in front of third parties”.
The judge considered this attitude to be ‘incompatible with a faithful marital relationship’. The fact that the husband was less and less interested in his wife and that he did not go home for a long time, including night hours, was reflected in the court decision. However, the Italian press wrote that the key factor in the decision was the man’s social media posts.
It was decided that the man who was found to be at fault in the termination of the marriage should pay the court costs.
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