Navigating divorce in the digital age is challenging because of the persuasive influence of technology and social media.
WOODRIDGE, IL, February 01, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ — Social media and technology can have adverse effects on divorce proceedings in several ways.
Social media platforms often serve as a repository of personal information. Spouses going through a divorce may use posts, messages, photos, or videos as evidence of misconduct, such as infidelity, excessive spending, or substance abuse. Such evidence can influence property division, spousal support, and child custody decisions.
Posting grievances or disparaging comments about a spouse on social media can escalate conflicts and make negotiations more challenging. Negative online interactions can also affect the emotional well-being of both parties and their children.
Technology can be used to hide assets or financial transactions. Spouses may attempt to conceal income or assets through online banking or cryptocurrency transactions, making it more difficult to achieve an equitable division of property.
One spouse may use technology to invade the other’s privacy, such as hacking into their email or social media accounts, tracking their online activities, or recording private conversations. These actions can lead to legal consequences and impact the divorce process.
Social media posts can be used to scrutinize a parent’s behavior and lifestyle. Sharing inappropriate content or demonstrating questionable parenting practices online may impact child custody determinations.
Constant exposure to negative or hostile online interactions can contribute to emotional distress, impacting a spouse’s mental health and ability to negotiate effectively.
Technology can facilitate stalking or harassment by one spouse against the other. Cyberbullying or online harassment can lead to legal actions or restraining orders or impact child custody arrangements.
Engaging in new relationships through online dating apps or websites during divorce proceedings can complicate matters, potentially affecting spousal support, child custody, and the emotional well-being of the parties involved.
Courts may admit social media posts, messages, or emails as evidence in divorce cases. Parties should exercise caution when communicating online, as their words and actions may be used against them in court.
“It’s crucial to understand that online actions can have real-world consequences in divorce cases, and prudence is essential when navigating this complex intersection of technology and family law,” says Attorney Marc Wolfe.
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