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Why is Fortnite showing up in family law court?

Addiction can be a serious problem for marriage. However, most people in New Jersey associate addiction with substances like drugs or alcohol, even though it can manifest through other avenues, such as shopping. A somewhat newer addiction appears to be putting more and more marriages at risk, with issues such as gaming addiction coming up more frequently in family law court. 

Fortnite is a worldwide phenomenon, with over 100 million players taking part in the online survival game. While most probably enjoy it casually and for fun, it has darker meaning for others. More and more couples are citing addiction to Fortnite and other types of online video games as the reason behind their divorce. 

During the summer of 2018, the World Health Organization added a new disorder to its official list of mental health issues -- gaming disorder. To be diagnosed with a gaming disorder, a person must suffer significant impairment in important areas of one's life and functioning for at least one year. However, it may not take that long for a marriage to deteriorate. One family law expert pointed out that any activity that makes it difficult for a couple to spend time together can negatively impact the relationship. Technology is commonly blamed for lack of communication, and it is easy to see how time-intensive activities -- such as online gaming -- can easily break down a couple's relationship. 

It can be difficult traversing the divorce process with a soon-to-be ex who has any type of addiction. Doing so often requires that you keep a close eye on joint finances. Keeping bank records and other information on hand can help reveal any attempts to conceal or hide assets, which is not necessarily uncommon during family law issues of any kind in New Jersey. 

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