Social media may initially seem like the perfect way to transition from married to single life. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or a personal blog offer you a place to meet new friends, reconnect with old flames and vent your frustrations. However, the warning “user beware” should be heeded. Your spouse may use these same tools to gather valuable evidence to use against you in divorce proceedings.
In a 2010 survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 81 percent of family attorneys who responded said they had seen an increase in the use of social media as evidence in the previous five years. In an article published in the Minnesota State Bar Association Bench & Bar magazine, the author reports that the civil courts have allowed use of social media evidence collected through both formal discovery and informal methods, such as a Google search.
Before logging on, consider these tips for social media use during divorce:
Alternatively, you may consider avoiding social media until your divorce is final.
A qualified St. Paul divorce lawyer can explain more about how social media evidence can harm your case.
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