Rise of Social Media Evidence in Family Law and Divorce

Here is an interesting article I came across that can be eye opening for some people going through divorces at the present.  In this modern age, the use of social Media posts and text message exchanges can often become major evidence in a divorce proceeding or trial.  The article cites to a study that reveals shocking statistics.

  • 81% of attorneys discover social networking evidence worth presenting in court
  • 66% of cases involving divorce employ Facebook as one of their principal evidence sources
  • 1/3 of all legal action in divorces cases is precipitated by affairs conducted online

One of the sources of the article states “evidence can also highlight character attributes in custody arrangements, hidden assets such as boats and cars in alimony settlements, contradict oral testimonies and more.” 

Keep in mind when you are working with your attorney that anything you have posted on social media, or any text message you have sent, can come back to you from the other side during a dissolution proceeding.  Even if you have deleted posts or messages, others may have kept record of these things.  It is important to reflect on what you have sent out, and to keep your attorney apprised of this information.  Being blind-sided by old text messages or forgotten social media posts can be discouraging and have significant consequences.

It is clear how such large amounts of information are electronically available now can be confusing and complicated in a divorce proceeding.  Having an attorney who understands the laws of what is admissible in court and what is not is important in keeping focus during a divorce.

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