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The dangers of active social media and family law

You've just started the process of divorcing your spouse and you turn to your ever-present companion -- Facebook. While divorcing Marietta couples may wish to vent their frustrations, feelings of betrayal, anger or general depression to all their friends on Facebook, there is a growing trend of using Facebook and other social media as evidence in family law court.

Child custody in Georgia is generally based on the best interests of the children involved and Georgia family law courts will look at whatever evidence they feel is relevant. What this means, however, is that negative posts on Facebook or tweets on Twitter may not help you win your child custody battle. For example, a father posted that he was putting a picture of his child's mother on a punching bag because he could not actually punch her. The mother ended up receiving primary custody of the child after the judge saw the post.

While posts such as those may be obviously unwise, more discrete posts and use of social media can also lead to other problems. Sending out excited tweets about a new job or a new relationship could affect your ability receive alimony. If you are only supposed to receive alimony until you have started working or until you entered a new relationship, you may have just given your ex cause to end your alimony payments.

Many family law professionals recommend not actively using social media while you are working on a divorce or child custody issue, but it is important to consult with your divorce lawyer before you make any drastic changes in your life.

Source: Pottstown Patch, "Facebook May Be Used Against You In Court, Local Lawyers Say," James Myers, Feb. 1, 2012

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