Divorce and Facebook

How Facebook Can Affect Your Divorce

What you do or say online can be used against you in a divorce, especially in a fault grounds state such as Georgia. Facebook pages are an issue in almost a third of the divorce cases we handle at The Siemon Law Firm.

A typical scenario is this: What begins as a friend request from an old flame leads to an exchange of e-mails, a lunch meeting and eventually an extramarital affair. In the past, the aggrieved spouse may have hired a private detective to take pictures of the alleged infidelity. Today, many people take their own pictures and post them on their Facebook pages.

For questions about how Facebook can affect your divorce in Georgia, count on The Siemon Law Firm. Call 770-884-7067 today and schedule a consultation with our experienced and compassionate family law attorneys. We're conveniently located, with offices in Alpharetta, Atlanta and Cumming, GA.

Isn't My Facebook Account Private?

Many people assume that what they do or say online is private, protected by logins and personal passwords. When it comes to a divorce case, however, private information can quickly become part of a court record. Today it's routine for divorce attorneys to request Facebook login information as a part of discovery and to print out the last 100 pages from the person's account.

If your account contains evidence of an extramarital affair, your spouse can file for divorce using the fault ground of adultery. While a spouse's behavior will not affect a divorce settlement in many states, it can in Georgia:

  • You are not entitled to alimony in Georgia if you committed adultery.
  • If you were at fault for the breakup of the marriage, the judge can award your spouse a greater share of marital property.
  • If you have children, your behavior can affect your child custody and visitation rights.

Our divorce lawyers are here to protect your interests if you are going through or planning a divorce in Georgia. With offices in Alpharetta and Cumming, we represent men and women throughout the Northern Georgia.

For more information, read Social Media's Influence on Divorce Cases.

Contact Our Atlanta Divorce Attorneys Today

Whether you are planning for a divorce or you need to respond to a divorce filing by your spouse, our lawyers are here to advise you. Please contact us today and arrange a personal, discreet consultation.