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How social media plays a key role in divorce

31480030_S.jpgWhether you like it or not, social media is here to stay. And all of your social media profiles could have a significant impact on your divorce. From Twitter to Facebook, and Snapchat to Instagram, these profiles contain a wealth of information that could be used against you in a divorce. In addition, if you use these accounts after a divorce has been completed, your social media activity could also get you into trouble.

But what specifically are we talking about? Let's take a look at some of the ways that social media could present some crucial evidence to a divorce case:

  • To begin, consider all of the private messages that you send over social media. Do any of them contain incriminating evidence? Do you confess to hidden assets or an improper relationship? Obviously these would be key pieces of evidence in a divorce case.
  • Social media posts can have a huge implication on child custody. Photos could be incriminating, or inflammatory posts could substantiate a claim by your ex-spouse that you are unfit to have custody of your children. Even after a custody arrangement is made, you have to be careful what you post online.
  • Your social media accounts essentially create a timeline of where you were, who you were with and what you were doing. That's powerful evidence in any case, let alone a divorce case.

Given all of this information, it is vital for anyone going through a divorce to stop using social media. And if you aren't going through a divorce, then just be careful what you post.

Source: Huffington Post, "A Look at How Social Media is Impacting Divorce Cases," William Morrow, June 23, 2016

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