Social media has certainly revolutionized the way we live our lives—from reconnecting with old friends and organizing events to influencing dating or marital breakdowns and divorce. That’s right; the addictive and secretive nature of social media has shot up as a leading cause for divorce. While privacy settings and personal messages give a false sense of anonymity, relationships are breaking down due to Facebook flirting, wandering eyes and adultery initiated through social media and computer screens. The term “Facebook divorce” is actually rising in our society, referring to the increasing number of failing marriages due to social media.
Social media is not just a leading reason for divorce. Nowadays, divorce lawyers are utilizing social media platforms as a means for gathering evidence and proof regarding marital and child custody hearings. In fact, according to the American Association of Matrimony Lawyers (AAML), two out of three American lawyers say Facebook is a primary source of evidence in their cases. For example, photos and statuses of lavish spending can disprove a non-custodial parent’s claim that he or she cannot afford child support payments. If a spouse’s extramarital partner posts a photo or status regarding a gift given by the adulterer, a divorce lawyer could prove dissipation of marital assets.
Even if you share limited information on social media, it may be in your best interest to refrain from Facebook, Twitter or Instagram use at all. If you choose to continue to use social media, keep in mind that skilled digital forensic professionals can recover messages, photos or posts that have been deleted. So, it is always in your best interest to keep personal information offline. Even seemingly harmless posts and photos can be used against you. For example, an angry status expressing your feelings or opinions can be used as evidence proving that you struggle with anger problems and therefore should not be granted custody of your child. Keep in mind that anything you put online can be found and used against you. Similarly, consider your actions before disrupting your marriage. Are there underlying issues that should be resolved, perhaps leading you to rekindle an old romance online? If you feel that a divorce is indeed imminent, it is in your best interest to refrain from inappropriate social media behavior until the divorce is final.
Whether you are considering a divorce or simply seeking guidance, contact our experienced divorce lawyers for counsel or representation. Call us at (940) 387-3518, or contact us here to set up a consultation regarding our divorce law services.