In our last post we focused on the fact that with it almost being springtime, more couples will file for divorce. For many, it is the sense of starting anew and finally doing what they know in their hearts is the right thing. And while we mentioned the importance of talking to an attorney in the planning stages and saving up money for the interim, it is also important to take control of finances and back away from social media during the divorce process.
In the past we have posted about the increasing role social media is playing in divorces. However, outside of things like Facebook being used to try and paint one parent in a negative light or prove infidelity, parents who are going through a divorce are increasingly being encouraged to establish rules regarding how images of the children can be used on social media sites. These rules should be included in the child custody agreement.
Time and time again we hear of stories in the news when what a person posts on Facebook comes back to bite them from a legal standpoint. Quite often people tend to incorrectly assume that their Facebook page is their little part of the Internet. However, the truth is that information can be taken off of a person's Facebook page and used against them as evidence in court.
A University of Missouri study recently examined the role technology is playing in separation and divorce -- especially in cases where the couple have children together. From there it was found that while technology can be a tool used for better communication and parenting, it can also be used maliciously by parents.
Authorities will pull out all of the stops when it comes to tracking down those parents who are behind on child support payments. A perfect example of this was recently highlighted when a search warrant was served on Facebook to try and learn more about a father's whereabouts. He reportedly owes more than $100,000 in child support.
Recently the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, tied the knot and married his longtime girlfriend. However, while his status just changed to "married," it turns out that many couples who later go on to change their status to "divorcde" or "single," cite Facebook as playing a role in why their marriage did not go as planned.
In the past we've discussed the role of Facebook in divorce. In fact, even the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reported seeing an increase in the use of evidence gathered from social media sites being used in divorce proceedings. However, a recent judge's ruling has the potential to play a rather large role in future rulings in Missouri and throughout the country when it comes to social media sites and divorce.