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What you share online might be used against you in your divorce

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Social media may be part of your daily routine, but when you are going through a divorce, you might want to be cautious about what you post.  Forbes reports that electronic communications and social media posts can often have unforeseen consequences in divorce proceedings. Many people present themselves much better on social media than they are really doing. In a legal aspect, this could be detrimental to your case. 

Here are a few of the ways your social media presence could be used against you in your divorce: 

  • Lawyers can present email and text communications as evidence in court. The existence of proof of what is said between two people is changing the divorce climate. You might have your credibility called into question if you say something that does not align with the way you have presented yourself to the court.
  • Pictures taken on lavish vacations or frequent dinners out might also call into question your financial situation. If you tell the court you are not making enough money to take care of the children but take a trip overseas, you may have to answer some difficult questions. 
  • Your spouse may use your LinkedIn profile to show you have more income than you admit to, if you present yourself as having a side business or bigger title than you say on your financial profile as presented to the court. 

It is a good idea to discuss your social media presence with your divorce attorney as you go forward. You might even be able to use social media against your spouse in court, but you want to make sure  any evidence you obtain is gathered through legal channels. Do not go into your spouse’s private accounts by guessing the password.

Until your divorce is finalized, be careful about using social media to present yourself to the world. Be honest in your documents to the court and do not share anything electronically that you would not say in person to the whole world. 

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