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The damaging effects of social media on divorce and child custody

The damaging effects of social media on divorce and child custody

With the emergence and heavy use of social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, it is paramount that separated and divorcing spouses are mindful of what they choose to post to these public forums.

Sharing too much information on Facebook or other social media sites can undoubtedly have a negative impact on the outcome of your divorce, child custody case or other such family law matter that you may be involved. Pictures and posts that you submit are public and can be submitted as evidence against you and considered by the Judge in making a final ruling on your case. Although you may think you are not subject to such issues because you believe that your privacy settings are secure, the fact remains that you and your spouse likely know many mutual acquaintances and therefore run the risk of your pictures and status updates being shared or leaked. In addition, you could be compelled to share contents of your social network page by means of proper discovery instituted by your spouse.

How to protect yourself from social network pitfalls:

The best option to consider is to refrain from posting any comments about your spouse, your income, any costly entertainment or activities in which you choose to engage, your current or prospective litigation and/or your relationship status. If you are dating prior to your divorce being finalized, there is no need to share this on any social media sites as this information can be used against you throughout your legal proceedings.

For more information on the effects of social networking sites on divorce contact us today.

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