The Consequences of Facebook During a Divorce - The Houston Family Law Blog

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The Consequences of Facebook During a Divorce

If you're in the middle of a heated divorce case, it might be best to sign off your Facebook page; or at the very least consider the types of updates you're making on your account. Texas family law attorneys say that social networking sites can often affect the outcome of divorce cases in ways people would least expect.

WSLS reports that when angry spouses vent about their love life on Facebook, it often ends up in the courtroom. Chris Ragano, an attorney in Tampa, Florida says that he orders every new client to cancel their Facebook account on Day 1 of his retainer. He told WSLS that Facebook is "like gasoline on the fire."

Yet WSLS states that many angry spouses can't resist the urge to stay on Facebook and simply take the risk of having evidence be found against them. In many child custody cases, Facebook is also used to determine if a person is an unfit parent based on updates, status posts, and pictures. One man in a child custody case posted minute-by-minute updates about his frustrations with parenting; which resulted with his wife providing the online confessions in court.

Sixty-six percent of lawyers surveyed with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers said Facebook is the leader for online divorce evidence. Perhaps vice-president the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Ken Altshuler put it best.

"Don't do anything because you don't know who's looking," he told Fox News. "A good attorney can have a field day with this information." For more information about divorce and social media, please visit our Related Resources links.

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