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How can social media affect your divorce settlement?

When you are going through a divorce, you have probably already heard that you should make sure that you don't do anything to jeopardize the outcome of the divorce. Making sure that you don't say things that can be used against you in the divorce proceedings is vital. Our readers in Virginia might find it interesting that social media platforms should now be included in the places where caution is necessary.

How are social media networks used in divorce?

Posts on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube can contain information that might be used against you in a divorce. Some examples of this include posts that show you taking part in behaviors that aren't becoming. For example, saying that you don't have time to see your children when you are actually out partying can be devastating during a child custody hearing. Posting high-ticket purchases when you are claiming you have no money can be used against you.

Are only my posts applicable?

No, even posts by your friends and family members can be used in court as long as they are about you. A friend posting a picture of you in a situation that can be construed as you having an affair, for example, can be used against you a divorce.

Can I snoop on my ex's page?

As long as you aren't trying to access his or her account secretly, you can snoop. This means you should simply view the page using your own account and not try to log into your ex's account to read messages or do similar snooping.

Every aspect of your life can conceivably be used against you or for you in a divorce case. Getting advice from someone who knows about divorces in Virginia can help you ensure that you can avoid scenarios that can harm your side of the divorce.

Source: FindLaw, "Facebook Divorce" Nov. 22, 2014

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