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Can social media affect a divorce?

If you’re considering divorcing your spouse in California, you are no doubt concerned with ensuring the process goes as smoothly as possible. To this end, use of social media during a divorce can greatly complicate matters, and may even result in serious legal ramifications. Accordingly, it’s best to limit using social media during this tumultuous time

As illustrated by Forbes, social media platforms have been playing a larger role in divorce proceedings in recent years. While social media posts can be deleted, they can also be saved by third parties (such as your ex) and submitted to the court as evidence. This can be an issue if something posted online is at odds with official court documents. In this case, the person responsible for posting the information could be called into question in court, and may even be subject to legal reprisal.

Hidden assets are of a particular concern in this case, as sometimes spouses will attempt to misrepresent their finances in order to keep a larger share of the marital property. Posting about vacations or big-ticket purchases on social media will go against any claims of financial instability, and can easily make their way back to the court for review. In the event an ex-spouse is blocked online, sensitive information may still filter its way back thanks to shared social networks and the like.

It's also recommended that all conversations with your ex take place in person or via telephone. Any conveyances made via email or text are also admissible in court, and a result can be used against you by your ex if proceedings are contentious. 

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