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How social media can be used against you in a divorce

In the age of selfies and social media, oversharing online can have major repercussions for your divorce case. It's normal to want to vent your emotions or keep your friends and family updated on what's going on throughout your divorce and any connected proceedings later on, but this can backfire if it is presented as evidence in court.

While many people think that things they post on their private social media pages is off limits as far as legal evidence, across the country, family courts are setting a precedent that these posts and picture can be used as evidence. This is true even when the posts were never shared publicly.

Your posts about buying a new car or house may be used to show that you have hidden assets or are better off financially than your initial divorce disclosure stated. Vacation pictures without your children may be used to show that you are not spending your parenting time as the court as ordered. Posts about partying, drinking or using drugs may be used by the other party to show that you are not a fit parent or should not get sole custody.

While it's true that a few snapshots on a social media platform do not give a complete and accurate picture of a person's life and ability to parent, these glimpses are still very compelling to a judge. As soon as you begin any family court proceedings, it's a good idea to be very careful about what you put on your social media pages and talk with your attorney about what to do if you already have questionable posts up.

Source: American Bar Association, "The use of Facebook in child custody cases," Priyanka Verma, accessed April 13, 2016

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