As this blog has noted in prior select posts, Internet social media sites have exploded with relevance across a broad spectrum of family law and divorce-related concerns over the past couple years.
A judge in Connecticut recently ordered a divorcing couple to divulge their passwords used on social networking sites in order for him to gain access and knowledge that might relate to the decision of child custody.
We have noted in a prior blog post (August 16) how an online presence not marked by discretion and probity can come back to haunt a person. Posted pictures that belie a stated reality -- think public intoxication for a person who says he or she is a reformed alcoholic, or a photo of someone who has filed for bankruptcy standing in front of a just-purchased Mercedes Benz -- can undermine credibility and have other adverse effects.
We informed readers of a rather startling statistic in our April 29 blog post, namely, this: Online posts, mostly Facebook communications, have ended up as evidence in about 80 percent of all divorce cases that have been filed in the United States over the past five years.
Here is a telling statistic for persons in family law disputes who aren't particularly careful about their social media presence: According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, online posts -- mostly from Facebook -- were introduced into evidence in about 80 percent of all divorce cases over the past five years.
According to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 80 percent of divorce lawyers report a dramatic increase in the number of cases that use evidence drawn from social media sites like Facebook. A number of high-asset divorce cases, such as that of Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, have included evidence from Facebook.
Luckily, most divorcing couples don't face a fraction of the mayhem involved in a recent case reported by the Associated Press. While the dispute between John and Lynn France -- involving allegations of adultery, bigamy and parental kidnapping -- is in no way common, it does serve to illustrate some growing issues in divorce.
If you have a shared parenting agreement and are on relatively good terms, you may never have considered whether your kids are being properly supervised while in your ex's care. If you have a fluid arrangement, where your kids are welcome to spend time at either home -- and your kids are teens -- you may need to update your child custody agreement.
Social media sites are great ways for people to connect with old friends and even make new ones. With Facebook.com attracting over 600,000 new users each day, these sites are popular places for individuals worldwide to share their ideas, collaborate with colleagues and even create or maintain romantic relationships. But are people providing too much information on their profiles, some attorneys say yes.
According to Georgia's The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Facebook and other social networking sites have become more than leisurely pastimes. As it turns out, those status updates everyone is constantly sharing with their friends and family could come back to haunt them during a divorce or custody dispute.