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The impact of social media on divorce cases

Many professionals urge California residents who are going through a divorce to be circumspect when they are on social media sites. Sites like Facebook enable people to share details about their life, along with photos and other media, with friends and family on the Internet. When someone is going through a divorce, posts from these sites can harm their divorce case if they are not careful.

Even though individuals can maintain a friends list and limit who sees their profiles, if someone is friends with both people in a marriage, they may share information from someone's social media account with their soon to be ex-spouse. If someone is dating someone new or spending money after claiming they cannot afford to pay for spousal or child support, information from social networking sites can damage their case in court. The general rule of thumb is that if someone does not want the judge to see something, they should not post it on the website.

In addition to posts to social networking sites, people should also be careful of what they put in text messages and emails. It has become increasingly common for individuals' email accounts and phone records to be subpoenaed. This means that people should be cautious about what they say and avoid contradicting something that has been said in court. If someone says something in an email or text that goes against what has been stated in court, they could end up with legal problems.

A lawyer could help someone who is going through a divorce understand their rights and legal options. Additionally, a lawyer may be able to let someone know what to expect throughout the proceedings and assist them throughout.

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

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