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Divorce Via Social Media

Amy S. Cores, Attorney at Law
© Copyright 2017

Social media contributes to marital disputes in addition to providing influential evidence during divorce proceedings. Below are some of the most influential marriage cases where social can play a pivotal role:

  • Where one spouse indulges in an extramarital affair and spent all the family assets on the affair.
  • Where assets have been hidden by one spouse.
  • One spouse refuses to disclose upcoming financial changes such as a promotion and a bonus.
  • There is an overstatement of financial support by one spouse.

You have to be very cautious on how you conduct yourself on social media websites. New Jersey lawyers are net savvy and dig out every detail from your online status to try to obtain evidence in your case. Social media evidence is always non-contestable. If you post any content that is questionable, then be assured that your spouse will retrieve it when filing a divorce case. If there exist a discrepancy between your online presence and what you have told your ex-spouse, divorce lawyer or the judge, it could not only count against you but show that you are unwilling to cooperate at all. Whatever you communicate via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs is very important when settling divorce cases because your postings can be used as evidence in court. Some of the cases where social media postings impact on divorce cases are:

Dating Sites

It is most likely not in the best interests of your case to create a profile on an online dating site before your divorce is concluded. Updating your status about a date night with your new fiancé before you have separated from your spouse may incite them. This act shows evidence of potential cheating and it can lead to serious problems if one spouse is caught saying contrary information on a dating site than is said in court.

Role of Social Media

Your social media posts of the past, such as drunken TBTs can support claims of inappropriate behavior. Flirty conversion with colleagues can be taken as burgeoning infidelity evidence.

Finances

For the most part people decline to list their income on social media but may brag about their wealth on social media websites. You may claim you have insufficient funds for the maintenance of your spouse but then post about buying a new car with a bonus you received from your company. Whatever your friends post on social media can also betray you even though you might have removed your ex-partner from your friend list, you may still have mutual friends.

The best way to avoid social media in your divorce case is to refrain from it altogether. Deleting postings pertaining to divorce cases is criminal because it is considered a destruction of evidence and can cause a lawyer to be sanctioned. Protect your assets by keeping all written communication free of sensitive information during a divorce. Remember a judge is able to read anything you write anywhere online. Always consider the potential legal ramifications before posting any material on the internet. Moreover, completely avoid commenting about your ex-spouse's lawyer or judge on social media. Finally, you should also avoid posting pictures on social media because one day you may regret doing so.

The best way to avoid social media in your divorce case is to refrain from it altogether. Deleting postings pertaining to divorce cases is criminal because it is considered a destruction of evidence and can cause a lawyer to be sanctioned. Protect your assets by keeping all written communication free of sensitive information during a divorce. Remember a judge is able to read anything you write anywhere online. Always consider the potential legal ramifications before posting any material on the internet. Moreover, completely avoid commenting about your ex-spouse's lawyer or judge on social media. Finally, you should also avoid posting pictures on social media because one day you may regret doing so.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
If you are located in New Jersey and are in need of guidance or advice with your divorce contact the law firm Cores & Associates, LLC, or visit our legal blog for more information.



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