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Social media and divorce: How can it hurt you?

Divorce can be complicated, especially if it involves a trial. The rise of technology and social media has made divorce even more complex. There are many ways social media and technology can hurt you during your divorce.

Your online activity is never truly secret or private. A divorce can drudge up many aspects of your life that you may not want made public during a divorce trial for various reasons. Being aware of how technology can affect your divorce trial can help you avoid careless mistakes that could hurt you.

Here are a few ways your social media and other technology can be used against you during a divorce trial:

Messages

Your emails and text messages can be considered admissible evidence in court. Messages can be read in court. If you have sent texts or emails out of anger to your ex or to your children about your ex, these can be used to provide an example of an unfavorable attitude or mental state.

Alternatively, if you told a friend about a recent large purchase or job promotion via email or text, this may contradict what you said about your financial situation.

Social media

Social media can also be used to prove how you present yourself in court is not how you exist in real life. Your posts on social media may not be completely private and can also be used in court against you. If you have posted about a recent purchase or even about a new partner you may be seeing, this will not look positive during your trial.

Other online activity

Websites you visit can also be used in a divorce trial. If you have visited sites about buying luxury cars or vacation planning sites, this can also represent your financial status. Your online activity may also contradict the persona you want to present in court.

There are many ways technology can work against you in court, even if you do not mean to mislead or present yourself differently. Being cautious about what you post, visit and send online can help make your divorce trial go smoother, without unexpected surprises that may be damaging.

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