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Divorce and the dangers of social media

Over the past decade or so, the rise of social media platforms has resulted in people across the country sharing every little piece of information about their lives with all of their friends and family. Whether or not you had a good day at work, whom you ran into at the grocery store, and what you had for lunch are all common topics of conversation on social media.

While all of these topics seem benign — and they are — when the posts start to venture into more personal territory, it can spell disaster for your divorce or custody case. It's especially wise to take extra caution when posting pictures.

The old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" is never more true than when a picture of you with a mistress is presented as evidence in a family court room. Pictures that show open alcohol containers or recreational drugs in the background can be used in a custody case to show that your home and lifestyle is not fit for children.

It's important to remember that the judge does not know all of the circumstances surrounding a picture or social media post. Maybe you just ran to the corner store for a loaf of bread, but the pictures of your boyfriend babysitting your children during your parenting time makes it seem like you weren't there at all. Because social media posts can be such an important aspect of divorce or custody proceedings, it's important to discuss any social media accounts you — or your ex — has with your attorney.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Foes may use your Facebook info against you in divorce, custody fights," Sarah Lundy, accessed April 13, 2016

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