We have all read stories over the last year or two about college students learning the hard way that filling a Facebook page with drunken party photos can be bad for one’s job prospects. Facebook, however, is not just for college students anymore and as the social networking site has grown it has also emerged as a both a potential danger zone for troubled couples and a potential resource for divorce lawyers.
As a recent Associated Press article notes, “the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers says 81 percent of its members have been involved in cases using social networking evidence.” That should not, perhaps, be surprising when one considers that a 2009 survey by the PEW Internet & American Life Project found that 20% of all adults use facebook to flirt.
Such behavior can be a dangerous prelude to an Orange County divorce case, providing material that one’s soon-to-be-ex spouse can find invaluable as legal proceedings move forward. As the AP notes, social networking sites can be a goldmine of information for divorce lawyers, in Orange County and elsewhere, who suspect a spouse has been cheating.
There are lessons here for men and women on both sides of any potential Orange County divorce action. One needs to be careful what one puts on the internet for all the world to see (and users of Facebook and other social media networks should pay careful attention to privacy settings – something which, by most accounts, few bother with). More importantly, when making the decision to move ahead with an Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino or other Southern California divorce the growing presence and complexity of social media networks makes it essential for clients to seek out experienced divorce and family law attorneys who are aware of the importance of modern technology in preparing a case to be put before a Southern California family court judge.
AP via WKRG.com: Facebook Divorce Dangers
NWCN.com: Facebook & Divorce