In the process of getting un-hitched from your spouse? You might not want to flaunt your extramarital exploits on Facebook, since anything posted to your social network may be used against you in divorce court.
More than four-fifths of divorce attorneys surveyed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) say the number of cases citing evidence from social networking sites has increased in the past five years.
Facebook, of course, is the most popular.
In fact, Facebook was cited by the AAML as a “primary source for compromising information” by 66 percent of respondents. MySpace was the second-most popular at 15 percent, with Twitter at 5 percent.
We’ve already written about how Facebook has caused an alarmingly high number of divorces and how one woman learned of her husband’s second marriage through Facebook. But it seems as if Facebook is now the go-to resource for divorce lawyers in the 21st Century.
AAML president Marlene Eskind Moses addressed the growing trend in a press release:
“If you publicly post any contradictions to previously made statements and promises, an estranged spouse will certainly be one of the first people to notice and make use of that evidence.”
As long as Facebook users continue to divulge information and relationships they may otherwise not discuss openly, divorce lawyers will continue to comb through profiles for damning evidence. Divorce attorney Richard Mockler told reporters at Tampa Bay’s WTSP how Facebook can reveal what people are doing, who their friends are and how they spend their money:
“You can prove on this night you weren’t with your kids at home, you were actually out at a bar drinking.”
His advice? Just assume that everything you post on Facebook “can and will be used against you.” The article provides the following bits of advice:
- Avoid trash talking your spouse, judge or the attorneys
- Don’t post “crazy” photos
- Keep big purchases and vacations to yourself
If you were to file for divorce tomorrow, what would your Facebook profile say about you?