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06-30-2010, 01:25 AM #1
Facebook Becoming a Prime Source for Divorce Case EvidenceIt’s all good and fine to propose via Twitter these days or to change your relationship status at the altar, but when your love has faded and your thoughts turn to divorce, you’d better un-friend your soon-to-be-ex long before the ink dries. What he or she sees on your profile may very well be used against you in court.
According to a detailed report from the Associated Press, social networks are a new favorite source of divorce-case information for divorce attorneys.
In fact, many of them seem downright shocked and delighted that our web-based oversharing has yielded such a wealth of personal information about our dating lives, party habits, attitudes and financial status.
Consider, for example, the mom who lost custody of her kids because she was playing FarmVille or World of Warcraft when she claimed to be spending time with them, or the husband who denied anger management issues but flamed like a true troll, complete with violent threats, on his Facebook profile.
And of course, those steamy pics of you with your sexy new squeeze won’t be looked on kindly by your ex or the judge, especially if infidelity is a question in your case.
All in all, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers says that around 81% of its members have had to deal with — or have themselves used — evidence from social media sources, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. And a UK site reported that the word “Facebook” alone appeared in around 20% of its cases last year.
And apparently, judges don’t have many compunctions about admitting such evidence, the reigning wisdom being that it’s difficult to impossible to make a fraudulent entry of some kind on a user’s Facebook page.
What do you think? Is it unfair to include such evidence in a divorce case? Or should people just be more careful about what they post online and with whom they share it?...being a human...