Social networking sites has become such a force in our society that they have the power to negatively affect marriages when people are concerned about their spouse’s activities on Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and other social networking platforms.
In the US, a survey of divorce attorneys showed that 81 percent saw an increase in social media sites being named as a reason behind their clients’ divorces in the last five years. Facebook is the most common culprit – as much as 66 percent of cheating evidence is found on Facebook.
There are many ways that social media can be a contentious point in a divorce—here are two:
Your social media posts are admissible in court, so be cautious about what you post. Don’t think that you can simply delete something after you regret posting it—the court can order it to be retrieved.
If you’re locked in a custody battle with your spouse for your children, the things you or any of your friends say and post on social media can affect the outcome. Events that can hurt you in a custody battle include:
- Posting pictures of you partying (especially if it’s your turn with your kid(s))
- Asking for baby necessity items because you don’t have the money for them
- Pictures of your kid(s) with a new partner
- Derogatory attacks against the other parent
Divorce can be a nasty business. Know when to call a divorce attorney for help.