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Don't let Facebook derail your divorce

Social media has given us the ability to reach out to friends, family and even complete strangers in ways that were previously unimaginable. With nothing more than an Internet connection and a few keystrokes, Maryland residents can share their photos, thoughts and opinions with the virtual world. While these advancements have been largely positive, there are also drawbacks to social media, especially for people going through divorce.

Facebook and other sites are frequently mentioned within divorce filings. In many cases, information posted online is used as evidence within a divorce or child custody hearing. Some of the most common uses of this type of evidence is in relation to claims by one spouse of financial hardship.

For example, parents often argue that they cannot afford to pay high levels of child or spousal support. However, if their Facebook account shows them regularly "checking in" at upscale restaurants or venues, this can be difficult to explain in court. The same goes for bragging online about your new job, fancy car or expensive vacations.

When it comes to Facebook and Maryland divorce, the best course of action is to make a comprehensive review of existing posts, editing or removing those that could be used to portray one in a negative light. Then, be cautious about posting anything online that you would not be comfortable defending in front of a judge. During a divorce or child custody case, an old adage applies to social media: an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

Source: The Huffington Post, Should I Be Using Social Networking Sites During My Divorce (or Should I Just Shoot Myself in the Foot)?, Daniel Clement, March 5, 2014

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