Georgia spouses who are contemplating a divorce may want to watch their personal posts on social media sites. That’s because their spouse could use these postings as evidence against them to bolster their chances of a more favorable divorce settlement.
Two-thirds of U.S. lawyers say they use Facebook postings as a key source of evidence, according to the American Association of Matrimony Lawyers. Postings on other social media sites, such as Twitter and MySpace, also are used. These sites are good ways to connect with old friends and make new ones, but they also set the stage for potential divorce and child custody battles. Using social media sites to find evidence is acceptable under the law.
Social networking sites may not protect a person’s privacy, even though the user limits who can see their postings. It’s also possible a friend may share the information on their own timeline, which is public. Damaging information that has been found on Facebook posts includes a spouse boasting about an expensive purchase when they claim to be broke and unemployed, out having a good time with friends when they claim they don’t have time to visit their children, or changing a Facebook status from “married” to “single, but looking.”
Legal experts say the postings themselves may not be grounds for divorce but they could influence the outcome of the divorce; this outcome may not favor the spouse seeking the divorce. A person who believes their spouse is committing adultery or other hanky-panky on social media sites may want to consult a divorce lawyer who may be able to advise them how best to use this evidence to their advantage.