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Can Social Media Affect My Divorce?


Use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., could put you at a disadvantage in a divorce. It is an interesting fact that 81% of the lawyers holding membership in the American Academy of Matrimonial lawyers have found divorce evidence on social media. If your marriage is ending, it is advised that avoid venting or mentioning any divorce issues on Facebook or Twitter. If you are facing divorce, it is in your best interests to obtain counsel and advice about what to do and what not do from an experienced Orange County divorce lawyer as early in the process as possible.

W. Douglas McKeague has helped many clients obtain successful outcomes in divorce, using both his ability to negotiate settlements out of court and his trial skills when litigation is necessary. With more than 30 years of experience in divorce and family law matters, he is committed to providing the highest level of legal counsel and dedicated advocacy in divorce.

Of the online evidence used in divorce proceedings, 66% comes from Facebook, 14% comes from Myspace, 5% comes from Twitter, and 15% comes from other online sources. It is important for you to know that social media posts can harm your case in a divorce, and you should be very careful with your online activity. It would be best to follow the general rule that you should not say anything you would not want the whole world to know and remember forever in social media.

Not every social media "friend" is an actual friend, not every contact is an ally, and many times a message intended to be private is inadvertently broadcasted to a larger audience. During a marriage, couples often have mutual friends, and when the marriage dissolves, those friends often take sides with one spouse. Even if your ex is blocked from seeing your posts directly, mutual friends still following social media updates can make regular reports. It may be the safest course of action to simply close your social networking accounts until the divorce is over unless you avoid any postings that could damage your case later. Our knowledgeable Orange County divorce attorney can advise you and help you successfully navigate the divorce process from start to finish.

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