Social media has grown increasingly popular over the past decade. Around 2.8 billion people were using some kind of social media by the end of last year, a 21% increase since 2015. According to a survey by Hootsuite, around 83% of Americans have at least 1 social media account. Sharing your day with someone, whether a close family member or a friend around the world has never been easier. However, with the advent of this new technology, people are unsure of how it can affect them in certain situations.
While most day-to-day use of social media is fairly harmless, it can affect how your divorce proceedings go. As many couples have already found out, a spouse’s divorce lawyer will use a social media post against their opponent in a court of law. For example, if a wife tries to argue she doesn’t have enough money to get by post-divorce and requires spousal support, the husband’s attorney might visit her Facebook, where she has a post about how she just spent $2,000 on a vacation to celebrate her impending divorce. A judge might view this behavior as wasteful spending and is unlikely to grant her request for spousal support if she has the means to buy herself an expensive vacation.
Likewise, in cases of child custody, long social media rants regarding how much you hate your spouse can definitely be used against you. Your spouse’s lawyer could argue your post is proof you have anger management issues, which might not be safe for the children.
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) released a study that showed more than 80% of divorce attorneys have used social media posts as evidence in court cases for the past few years. If you’re getting a divorce and you tend to post to social media on a regular basis, it might be wise for you to forgo logging on for the next few months. Even posting pictures and check-ins on your smart phone can be used against you, so log in with care.
If you need help with your divorce, don’t hesitate to give our skilled Illinois divorce attorneys a call. Wakenight & Associates, P.C. have been helping Illinois couples through the divorce process for years. We understand this may be a difficult time for you, so we try to make it as simple and easy a process as possible. Let us talk to you about your specific situation in a free phone consultation.
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