Has social media been a factor in your divorce?
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Has social media been a factor in your divorce?

| May 8, 2015 | Child Custody

Social media can be a great way to communicate with family and friends, as well as network for business and express your ideas. For some people, though, there is a risk of overusing or inappropriately using platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and more and more people blame social media for their marital problems.

According to a survey by Censuswide, spouses in one out of seven divorces said that use of social media was a factor in why the marriage ended. Divorce lawyers in Florida and throughout the U.S. will also tell you that social media factors into many marital splits.

With that being said, there are some things divorcing spouses should keep in mind before posting to social media during and after divorce proceedings.

It is important to know that judges have begun allowing social media evidence in court. Because separation and divorce are extremely emotional times, divorcing spouses should beware of letting their emotions get the better of them. Unfortunately, sometimes people do and say uncharacteristic things through social media, and those actions could have negative consequences in court.

These matters may be especially important to heed if there is dispute over child custody. When making child custody decisions, judges prioritize the best interests of the children. There have been cases in which social media evidence was used to show that the children should spend more time with one parent than with the other.

In any case, parents with child custody concerns should seek legal guidance from a family law attorney.