How social media is affecting divorce cases

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Some Kansas residents may be surprised to find out just how much social media evidence is looked at when it comes to divorce cases. Of course, this makes sense considering that millions of people are using social media accounts to share photographs, keep in touch with friends, and share what is going on in their lives.

It has been estimated that over 80% of attorneys discover evidence in social media posts that are worth using in court. Over 60% of cases involving the end of a marriage use Facebook as one of the main sources of evidence. And just about a third of legal action in cases of divorce were preceded by affairs conducted over the Internet.

Studies have shown that the use of social networks can have a major impact on a person’s marriage. The use of social networks has been shown to be positively correlated with a couple experiencing an unhealthy and troubled relationship and thinking about divorce.

Courts will often use what a person posts on social media in order to make judgments about their character. This can affect custody arrangements and other aspects of the divorce. They can also use social media posts to contradict oral testimonies, prove that a spouse has hidden assets and show that someone was not in compliance with a protective order.

There are many potential causes behind divorces. Some of these reasons have to do with a partner’s actions regarding social media. No matter the reason, however, a person may decide to speak with an attorney. The attorney could provide information about how they can file divorce papers. Legal counsel can also provide representation in court, perhaps using social media evidence to show that their client is the fit as the custodial parent.

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