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Facebook Increasingly Tied to Divorce

Greenwich, CT Divorce Lawyer

Facebook and other social media websites have become integrated into the everyday lives of most Americans. Some keep in touch with loved ones far away, others keep friends and family up to date on their daily lives and some use social media to network with individuals in their field of work.

The use of social media does not always have positive results, however. For example, a recent study uncovered that approximately one-third of divorces filed in the United States today mention the word Facebook.

Social Media Used as Evidence in Divorce Cases

In 2009, only about 20 percent of divorce filings nationwide mentioned the word Facebook in the documentation, and today that number has increased to around 33 percent.

In addition, according to the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), around 80 percent of divorce attorneys find that social media is playing a larger role in their clients cases, with information and pictures gathered from social media increasingly used as evidence in divorce and child custody cases.

Use Social Media Carefully

Facebook and other social media websites may display information about a person that can support or discredit the claims they make in court. Pictures of expensive cars and lavish vacations may cast a spouses professed need for alimony into doubt.

Similarly, negative statements about ones children or the responsibilities of parenting made on Facebook or other social media may negatively affect ones request for child custody. Therefore, people considering divorce should be mindful of the impact their social media postings may have on their divorce case.

For more information about how social media can affect your divorce, contact the Law Offices of Douglas J. Wells. Call 203-622-4455 today.

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