Social Networking Sites and Divorce

 

According to Wikipedia.com, social networks  focus on building social networks or social relations among people who share interests and/or activities.  Examples of such sites include, of course, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and forums related to particular interests.  Users of many of these sites post photos in addition to comments.

Over the last year, a few print newspaper and online articles have been published over whether Facebook and other similar social networking sites are causing divorces because people who become online friends suddenly begin an offline affair.

But there is another aspect of these sites that other articles have discussed:  the amount of information posted that can have an impact on an ongoing divorce or even on matters after a divorce has been granted.

For example, someone who says he or she has little money to pay child support may be hard pressed to prove it when they post pictures and comments of what a wonderful time they had when they traveled to XYZ for a ten-day vacation, or about the shiny new car they just bought.   Potentially, all of these posts are admissions by the poster of their way of life, including their ability to pay.

In this example, these posts can be used against our fictional poster: they are his/her owns words. Which is a court to believe:  that our poster lied on the social site or that he/she was telling the truth?

Ideally, this situation wouldn’t even exist given that we all have the obligation to support our children and should do so when we are able to.  Statements posted to these sites, if brought up in court, have the potential to impact issues of child support and alimony when claiming lack of financial ability to pay.

© 2009 Vivian C. Rodriguez

 

Vivian C. Rodriguez is a divorce and paternity attorney in Florida. For more information about Florida family law visit,  FLDivorcePaternityLawyer.com.

 

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