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The role of social media in divorce

On Behalf of | Dec 26, 2019 | Divorce

Most people in Ohio would be hard-pressed to find someone among their family, peers, or colleagues who does not use social media. Almost everyone is using some form of social media to keep in touch with family, post pictures, shop, read the news, and do a variety of other things. Some may find that it only makes sense that social media contributes to marital problems and that social media evidence can be used in the courtroom in divorce cases.

One study showed that when couples use social media, they are not likely to have as happy of a marriage as those who do not use it. In fact, the study showed that using social networking services positively correlated with couples thinking about divorce and having trouble in their relationship. It is not uncommon for affairs to start online.

Social media evidence is being brought into the courtroom. It can be used in a variety of ways. For example, it may show that one individual in the marriage is hiding assets, perhaps a boat or a car. Social media evidence may also be used to show a person’s true character or their whereabouts. This evidence may be useful in some child custody cases, perhaps proving that a parent is working hard to maintain contact with their children or to prove that one parent is trying to prevent the other parent from having a relationship with the children.

An individual who is considering divorce may have questions about the type of social media evidence that can be used in court. An attorney might be able to answer a person’s questions in this regard. The attorney may be able to examine the content of the posts in order to be sure that it was procured legally and then examine the evidence and help their client build a case.


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