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Social media can be dangerous in a New York divorce

Nearly everyone has a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account these days. People consider those they are connected to by these social media sites to be their friends and family. As such, they tend to feel comfortable sharing information that they would not necessarily want the general public to know. For example, during a New York divorce, the posts and pictures people share could end up as evidence in the proceedings.

Those who are going through a divorce are often cautioned either to think before sharing or to stay away from social media entirely while the divorce is ongoing. A seemingly innocent night out with friends that is accompanied by a photograph of one of the parties holding a drink in a bar could jeopardize a custody battle. A disparaging remark about a soon-to-be ex-spouse or the judge presiding over the case could end up being read by the judge and the other party.

Some New York residents make the mistake of believing that their social media content is kept among their group of "friends," but that is not necessarily true. Once a post or picture is on the Internet, it remains there. There is a big difference between  sharing online and having a private, face-to-face conversation with a friend.

It may be better to spend time with friends offline than online during the divorce. These days, the mere appearance of wrongdoing is enough to at least raise a question in the mind of the court. There are enough points of contention that can come up without adding any fuel to the fire.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Social Media and Divorce: Why You Should Put the Keyboard Down and Log Out", Ashley Tate Cooper, Dec. 7, 2015

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