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Can social media have an effect on my divorce?

Social media plays a huge role in the lives of most people today. For people in Michigan facing divorce, social media can also have a real impact on the outcome, with sometimes negative consequences. Accordingly, Forbes offers the following information about how your social media activity could possibly come back to haunt you during a divorce proceeding.

Social Media Is Rarely Gone Forever

Even if you’ve deleted something from your social media, it can still be retained for future use. In this case, most lawyers recommend deleting your profile altogether the stop yourself from posting something that could be potentially harmful. If you choose to post on social media, steer clear of anything too personal or related to your finances. Even photos can be problematic, particularly if allegations of infidelity are a part of your divorce and you are currently dating.

Deleting Your Ex Is Not Enough

You may feel that deleting or blocking your ex from social media accounts is enough to protect you. This not always the case; consider that you may share numerous contacts, and some of these people may be loyal to your former spouse. As a result, information you’d rather be kept private can easily make its way back to your ex, and to the court.

Be Careful With Emails and Texts

While they’re not necessarily a facet of social media, emails and texts can also be presented in court as evidence. Digitally received information is admissible, and it can be used to show that information you provided to the court is in conflict. If you’re concerned about written messages being used against you, try to hold all conversations with your ex-spouse verbally.

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