Divorce is tough on everyone. Tension in the years or months leading to a break-up affects emotional and physical health. When one party or the other finally comes clean, they may create an opportunity for a new beginning or kindle a bitter battle with entrenched children, friends and relatives. Sometimes, Facebook is involved.
The advent of social media has wildly altered our expectations of life, how we communicate and how we do business. Ease of connecting with old and new friends over Facebook or Twitter provides almost immediate gratification. Little is ventured in supporting a friend in the marriage doldrums on Facebook, but a great deal may be lost.
When spouses turn to their Facebook page for comfort, they may find an old flame or just opportunity to vent frustration and anger. A 2010 survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) detailed a whopping 81 percent of members who reported an uptick in use of social media during their divorce cases.
Social media can easily dish up information you may not want considered by the court during alimony or child custody proceedings. Before, during and after divorce, keep the book closed on your personal affairs with the following tips:
- Do not post information you do not want to explain in court
- Avoid references to new jobs, holiday vacations, big purchases or new romantic interests
- Check your accounts regularly to make sure others have not tagged you in compromising photos. Real friends do not tag pictures of other friends without their knowledge
If overexposed on social media and heading for divorce, contact Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC for help. Our Baltimore divorce lawyers are well versed in Maryland divorce law and have successfully assisted countless Maryland residents with all aspects of their divorce proceedings. Call us at (443) 589-0150 or contact us online. Our office is conveniently located in Hunt Valley, MD.