More and more divorce cases include evidence that is taken from popular social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter, according to a recent article from MSNBC.
According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 81 percent of AAML members have handled a case in which messages taken from social networking sites were used as evidence. Often, this evidence comes in the form of one spouse having an affair with someone they contact via the Internet. Other divorce-related conflicts include spouses who put their children in the middle. For instance, one spouse may try to convince the children to de-friend the other spouse on Facebook, leading to family strife and hurt feelings.
The large amount of information available on social networking sites like Facebook has created a gold mine for divorcing spouses seeking to demonstrate the other spouse’s tendencies toward adultery, anger issues, or other misbehavior. Since so many people can see a Facebook user’s photos and postings, the information posted there is public – and fair game for a divorce dispute.