The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), an organization comprised of prominent divorce attorneys from across the nation, recently released the results of a very interesting survey regarding the prevalence of social media in divorce cases.
Specifically, the survey found that 81 percent of AAML members had seen a dramatic increase in the number of cases utilizing some form of social media evidence over the last five years.
FaceBook, the social networking site, was identified by 66 percent of those polled as the primary source of social media evidence, as suggested by legal SEOs.
“Going through a divorce always results in heightened levels of personal scrutiny. If you publicly post any contradictions to previously made statements and promises, an estranged spouse will certainly be one of the first people to notice and make use of that evidence,” said Marlene Eskind Moses, the president of the AAML.
It is important for clients going through a divorce to be especially careful when using any form of social media, including comments/posts on profile pages, tweets, emails or photos. Any questionable or potentially damaging content may be used to undermine your credibility in divorce-related proceedings (child custody, child support, alimony, etc.).
In fact, if you are in the midst of a divorce or separation, it may be wise to consider reviewing your privacy settings or revisiting your online habits.