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Social media evidence is being used in divorce cases

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2019 | Divorce

Social media has a strong influence over almost everything nowadays, including divorce. Alabama residents may be interested in learning about how electronic and social media evidence plays a role in modern divorces.

One study showed that there is a direct connection between how happy a person’s marriage is and his or her’s social media use. The study showed that using social networking sites negatively correlated with happiness in a marriage, and it positively corresponded with a person considering a divorce and experiencing trouble in his or her marriage.

Some may be surprised to learn about how often social media evidence is used in the courtroom. It can be used to reveal assets, like cars and boats, that have been hidden in a divorce. Social media can be used to highlight a person’s character, perhaps swaying a custody decision. It has been estimated that over 80% of attorneys who are working with individuals who are getting divorced feel that some form of social networking evidence would be relevant in the case.

It is possible for an individual’s posts on social media sites to be permitted in court as evidence during divorce proceedings. Of course, there are some cases where they would not be permitted, like if they are procured illegally. It also is illegal for a person to open a false account and then try to use that as evidence in court.

An individual who is considering divorce may wonder if the evidence that he or she has gathered from social media sites against his or her spouse will be permissible in court. A person may decide to speak with an attorney to discuss the matter. A lawyer may show someone how to effectively defend against or use social media evidence in a divorce case. An attorney may demonstrate how this evidence could affect alimony, spousal support, child custody and asset division.

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