People living in North Carolina and around the country should be aware that their social media accounts might have a negative impact on their marriages. Even more distressing is if a couple’s marriage comes to an end, social media content might be used against them in family law court.
Recent studies have shown that social media usage correlates with negative feelings about a marriage. In addition, it should be noted that a third of all divorce actions involve online affairs. These facts alone may cause some married individuals to reconsider their online activities.
If a marriage is already at its end, social media use can likewise have an impact on the way a divorce proceeds and is settled. It is not unusual for spouses to pore over each other’s social media profiles, possibly looking for signs of infidelity or complaints about their marriage. After a couple separates, spouses may also try to identify evidence of overspending, new relationships or poor behavior around the children.
Social media posts may be submitted into court as evidence in divorce and child custody cases. They may also be used by spouses and their lawyers to negotiate a favorable settlement.
Many attorneys advise their clients to be very cautious about the content they post on social media and may even recommend taking down profiles and accounts entirely. Individuals who do post to social media should treat all content, even that which is restricted to “friends only,” as if it is public.
Individuals who are going through the process of ending their marriage may be wise to consult with an experienced family law attorney. He or she may review a client’s case and make recommendations regarding asset division, child support and other issues.