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Dealing with social media during a divorce

Social media sites like Facebook give Texas couples the ability to share life updates with friends and family members. However, using social media during a divorce can have some serious legal ramifications when it comes to child custody or support decisions.

When people put potentially incriminating evidence on their social media websites, it is now available to everyone. Most social media platforms keep a record of posts that are made and the person's estranged spouse potentially has the ability to take a snapshot of the post. It also can be easily taken out of context. For example, a picture of a person in an exotic location can be problematic if the poster is claiming an inability to afford alimony or child support.

Social media can also have an impact on emotions that may be running on high during the divorce. It is very easy to vent online, but this can cause damage to the relationship with children and an ex-spouse who may also see the post. Once the post is made, it cannot be unsaid. Ultimately, it is often recommended to limit social media during the divorce if possible. This way, people who are going through the divorce process can protect themselves both legally and emotionally.

Another thing to avoid is posting a picture of attendance at an alcohol-fueled party and bragging about it. This could very well have an impact on child custody decisions, as the other parent could make the argument that such behavior does not warrant any thing more than limited visitation. For these and other reasons, family law attorneys will advise their clients to think twice before saying anything untoward on Facebook or Twitter.

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