Social Media Miscues Can Affect Divorce More
Posted on May 14, 2012 12:00am PDT
Use of social networks has become the norm for many individuals in Georgia
and across the country. While seemingly innocent, some are discovering
the detrimental impact their actions on social networks such as Facebook
can have. Divorce is sometimes a result of this activity.
A number of people have spoken out about their experiences with social
networking. One woman discovered her husband was living an entirely different
life through Facebook and having relationships with more than one other woman.
Another woman was astonished at what she found when she looked at her husband's
Facebook page, finding he had posted a handful of derogatory and threatening
statements about her. These comments led to divorce.
Yet another woman was shocked when she opened her husband's profile
and found posts about his hopes of divorcing her.
One attorney believes that social networks make reconnecting with an ex
or rekindling an old relationship too easy, stating that she now has many
clients who have failed marriages in connection with such social sites.
While seeming almost unreal, this situation is now occurring so often that
there is even a website called FacebookCheating.com. This site offers
stories of individuals who have had problems with spouses because of activities
on Facebook or other social media websites.
What individuals posting on these sites do not realize perhaps is that
things they are writing can be used against them in a number of ways,
including in a family law context. Courts are beginning to use statements
posted on public websites when considering alimony and child support payments
or child custody in general. This blog previously reported one such incident
involving a Georgia couple.