Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social and professional
media can contribute to the breakup of a marriage and have unforeseen
divorce settlement negotiations. The endless information sharing seems to be unfettered and can reveal
many truths that may contradict what your spouse is telling the courts
Even if you block one another from your social and professional websites,
friends you have in common often share information as well as photos of
events and activities involving you. If assets are being hidden, they
are often accidentally exposed in photos and comments on social media.
Whether it is a boat trip or a gift to a girlfriend, or a trip to Vegas
– the photos and comments made can sometimes be used in court to
prove hidden assets.
Another area to be cautious of is the online dating arena. Here you may
find profiles filled with information that does not match what is being
shared with the courts. This information comes in handy when it comes
to whether or not a spouse is able to pay financial support.
Because so much of our communication these days is through emails and texts,
it is wise to pay close attention to all information you share with others
in this format. The courts in divorce proceedings can actually subpoena
this information. Mention of an upcoming bonus, a planned vacation, or
new job opportunity can show evidence of changes in financial status.
A submitted Financial Affidavit can come into question. The simplest way
to solve this issue is to remember not to record any information that
you do not want the entire world to hear.
The laws vary from state to state in regard to what can be used as evidence
in divorce cases. The use of emails, texts, social media posts, etc. is
complicated and guidance of an attorney may be needed. Information must
be gathered legally so discussing this issue with your divorce attorney
is definitely advised.
If you have social media issues you need to discuss with an
Arizona divorce attorney
in relation to your divorce or legal separation, please get in touch with
the Arizona Family Law Attorneys today.