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Understanding the negative impact social media has on a divorce

Over the last several years, social networking has becoming a very popular activity. Many Massachusetts residents will post pictures of their birthday parties, their new car and time spent with their friends. Most people think nothing of the words or images that they post on sites such as Facebook. However, when a couple decides to divorce, Facebook content -- images, status updates, etc. -- is fair game.

In the past, spouses would hire private investigators to spy on their soon-to-be ex-spouse to see if they could be caught in the act of doing something wrong. If a spouse could be found cheating or being an unfit parent, the other spouse could have a much more favorable divorce settlement. However, in today's day and age, all it sometimes takes is a quick look at a person's Facebook to find out more than enough information to discriminate them.

Social media can directly and negatively impact one's divorce case. Therefore, it is always advised that a person stop using their social media sites in the process of a divorce, as anything that is posted can be used against them. Unfortunately, not everyone listens to this advice, which can result in an uproar in court.

If one can simply not refrain from using their Facebook, there are a few things that they can do to minimize a negative impact on the divorce. For example, one would not want to post any pictures, tag themselves or directly mention anything that relates to partying. This is especially true when children are involved. This is probably one of the most common ways Facebook and other social media websites undermine a legal case.

Ultimately, any person in Massachusetts who is considering filing for divorce or is in the process of a divorce would do well to tread carefully with their social media sites. It is important to remember that anything posted on Facebook and other sites can be used in court as evidence. For those looking to receive the most favorable divorce settlement, it would be wise to limit or eliminate one's social media use.

Source: The Huffington Post, Should I Be Using Social Networking Sites During My Divorce (or Should I Just Shoot Myself in the Foot)?, Daniel Clement, March 5, 2014

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