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Be Wary of Social Media During Divorce

If you are facing a divorce, your social media activity could come back to haunt you in court. In fact, according to a recent study from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 57 percent of divorce cases involve evidence reflecting a party’s “Relationship Status” used online. Of those cases using social media statuses in evidence, 64 percent used information found in Match.com profiles. Here are some tips to help prevent your social media activity from turning into divorce evidence:

  • Don’t disparage your ex It may be tempting to rant about your ex in a Facebook status. If your comment is false, however, it could result in legal action separate and apart from the divorce (e.g. a libel action). Even if it is true, it could cause the judge to view you in a negative light during the legal proceedings. If you feel that you absolutely need to discuss your ex, write your feelings in a diary or speak to a close friend or relative.
  • Don’t post about partying During a divorce, many people cope by going out to bars and nightclubs. If you have a social media account, you might be tempted to post pictures or status updates about your new lifestyle. Unfortunately, your ex could use this as evidence of a substance abuse problem or unfit parenting. This has the potential to negatively affect your custody rights in a divorce.

  • Be truthful about children Many people use online profiles to get back into the dating scene after a divorce. If you participate in online dating sites, make sure you are honest about your children. If you erroneously state that you have no children, this dishonesty could hurt you when the court decides the issue of child custody.

If you are facing a divorce, you need an experienced North Shore divorce lawyer. Call our office today to schedule a meeting with a dedicated family attorney.

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