The Current Social Media Impact on Divorce

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The Current Social Media Impact on Divorce

Since just about everyone you know is on some form of social media these days, the growing trend is for family law attorneys to use the evidence obtained from social media to strengthen their client’s case. The social media impact on divorce is growing. According to the American Association of Trail Lawyers, eighty-one percent of all divorce cases in the last year used some form of evidence gained from a social media site for their case. Information on a spouse’s behaviour, reckless or otherwise, can be of assistance in custody proceedings. In the case where spousal support is at issue, one can learn information about the spouse’s financial situation through tracking various forms of social media. Sometimes this data is helpful to a material issue in the matter, and sometimes it simply goes to credibility.

Today, people seem to have an insatiable need to overshare on social media sites. Spouses often forget the implications of broadcasting their life on Facebook and Twitter. The infographic below from Dishon & Block  states since 2010, social media has been used in nearly 700 cases and shows how attorneys are using social media to make an impact on family law cases.

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Karol is the Director of Community Relations and Social Media for Owens Investigations.

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