In a divorce, social media has an evidentiary role


There are a lot of reports recently that say there is link between social media use and divorce, with the former causing the latter. But that isn't the only connection between social media and divorce. Today, social media is an important piece of evidence that spouses can use to make their case or to alter agreements after a divorce has been finalized.

Consider all of the things that people post on their social media accounts. Photos, status updates, retorts to comments, videos -- they're all pieces of evidence, and they can all be used together to create a timelines of events or to portray someone in a certain light.

Now consider a divorce where one of the spouses is making an argument against the other spouse regarding his or her behavior, or philandering, or his or her credentials as a father. All of that evidence, that at one time may have just been thought of as a funny Facebook status or a memorable Instagram photo, is a valuable collage that can make or break the divorce case.

In summation, social media is everywhere nowadays and it is used so casually and carelessly that it can actually be a critical piece of evidence in divorce cases. It is also a reminder that even after your divorce is complete, it may be a good idea to avoid social media altogether. And if that's not possible, then at least curb your use or be especially careful about what you post.

Source: Forbes, "How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce," Jeff Landers, Aug. 20, 2013

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