Social media is making a big impact in today’s society in more ways than one. In 2010, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found 81 percent of divorce attorneys agreed they had seen an increase in divorce cases with social media-based evidence. Even though Georgia is a no-fault divorce state, certain evidence on social media can affect your divorce case.
Social Media’s Impact on Money in Divorce
Few social media users take the time to evaluate how much information they are giving away when they post to their accounts. During a divorce, both spouses must be honest about their finances and reveal any personal accounts, holdings, or assets.
Watching a spouse’s social media account could reveal purchases that you were unaware of and cannot account for in joint bank accounts. It can also show a track record of wanton spending or even illegal activity.
Another important thing to look for in regards to unfaithful spending is discrepancies between what your spouse said she was doing and what social accounts say. Your wife could have posted she was going on a business trip, but her social accounts show a vacation with friends to Europe. If your financials do not reflect a trip to Europe, it might be a sign she has alternative sources of income she is not disclosing.
Social Media Can Reveal Adultery
Adultery is one of Georgia’s 12 grounds for divorce that you can use in a divorce. Facebook conversations, direct Tweets, dating profiles, and online purchases are just a few ways you can catch a cheating spouse using social media and the Internet.
If courts find a spouse guilty of adultery, they will automatically bar that spouse from seeking alimony. The alimony bar is a great benefit, as it protects the faithful spouse from having to pay a dishonest ex.
Inappropriate Behavior on Social Media Can Reflect Parenting Skills
Determining child custody in Georgia revolves around doing what is in the child’s best interests. Family law judges will look at each parent’s income and living situation and compare it with the child’s needs. They will favor custody agreements where children are most likely to get the love and attention they need to thrive.
The following factors can sway a judge’s opinion of a parent’s ability to care for their child:
- Excessive drinking
- Regular partying
- Drug use
- Criminal activity
- Abusive content
Reminders About Social Media Use Before and During Divorce
A 2014 study by Pew Internet research group revealed that 67 percent of married Internet users share at least one password with a spouse. Before you discuss divorce with your spouse, you may want to consider changing your passwords for everything from your Facebook to your Amazon account.
Remember that anyone can see what you post and a private account is never totally private.
Make sure you have a divorce attorney who knows the best ways to leverage and protect against evidence from social media. Contact the Gwinnett County family law attorneys at The Ward Law Firm today at 770-383-1973.