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How does social media impact divorces?

Social media is becoming a prevalent component of many people's lives. In fact, a report in USA Today showed that around 58 percent of adults living in the United States have a Facebook account. Additionally, there are many other social media channels, such as Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

For people going through a divorce, it may be tempting to vent frustrations on Facebook and social media in general. However, statements made on social media frequently come up in court and can influence a judge's decisions, meaning that divorcing couples should be mindful of what they post.

Evidence of true financial nature

A common aspect of divorce is determining alimony. One person may state he or she is in a poor financial situation and ask for more alimony. However, evidence on Facebook could prove the contrary. The other party can point to extravagant vacation pictures to prove the person is not as poor as initially suggested.

Divorcing couples need to be upfront about their business ventures and how much income they make. An attorney could discover via a person's LinkedIn profile that he or she has a side business that was not previously mentioned. All this information is classified as open to the public, so it is not difficult for lawyers to look up everything about the other party.

Evidence of infidelity

The outcome of a divorce case can become heavily influenced when one side proves beyond a shadow of a doubt one partner cheated on the other. Therefore, people going through a divorce should avoid going on dating sites before the judge finalizes the divorce. This could be used as evidence the person was unfaithful even if the dating profile was made after the couple separated.

It is best to avoid posting anything on social media during divorce proceedings. However, people should avoid deleting social media accounts entirely because the court could view this as destruction of evidence.

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