We all know that as time goes along, more and more people communicate by texting, emailing, posting on Facebook, Linkedin, Google Plus and other social media networks.
In 2010, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) warned there was a big surge in social networking evidence in court cases. A survey of divorce lawyers showed that during the span of the last five years, 81 percent saw an increase of social networking evidence, with Facebook unparalleled as the main source of evidence.
It’s no wonder that a survey of couples in 2015 indicated that one in seven people argued with their spouse about social media use and even considered divorce over social media matters.
If social media is fueling upsets and arguments that lead to divorce, it makes sense that it also serves as evidence in divorce cases.
A divorce financial strategist pointed out in a Forbes Magazine article that social network and digital communications also affect divorce settlement negotiations. Even when you don’t know what your wife or husband is up to, mutual friends may tell you about a Facebook posting that shows your spouse just went on an expensive vacation with his or her new romantic interest or bought expensive gifts or other facts that influence property division. Promotions, extra work bonuses or other information posted on Linkedin or elsewhere on the internet often contradict financial statements submitted to the court.
As your Texas divorce attorneys at C.E. Borman & Associates, we look into social media when you’re considering a divorce. We advise you carefully about social media use and also can use it as evidence relevant to your case.