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How Facebook, emojis and comment wars can affect your divorce

Who knows what the total hours would be if everyone in Ohio added together the time they spend on Facebook. Whether you use this major social network site for business purposes or simply to keep in touch with your extended family members or old school chums, it's a controversial activity that has substantial numbers of advocates and dissenters. You may be one of many who have love/hate relationships with Facebook. Perhaps you enjoy posting photos or commenting but don' want your time online to take over your life.

Not every Facebook encounter is a happy one. In fact, many people say that information found on the site led to the demise of their marriages. It's such a prominent problem in today's society that there's a new term to describe it known as a Facebook divorce.

Negative possibilities associated with Facebook regarding marriage

It might be nice to connect with your old high school or college friends but hidden dangers often lurk therein that may place your marriage at risk. The following facts may surprise you or may sound extremely familiar to your current situation:

  • Some people fall under temptation when old boyfriends or girlfriends send friend requests on Facebook. What might start out as innocent greetings and reminiscing may turn into full-blown infidelity if Facebook users aren't careful.
  • If you or your spouse aren't being entirely truthful in your marriage, the information either of you posts on Facebook may exacerbate the problem. For instance, if your spouse tells you he or she is at a ballgame with a neighbor and later posts a photo on his or her timeline from a different location, it will likely spell trouble at home.
  • If you're already divorced and have an existing court order regarding child custody and visitation, you may actually be able to use information you find on Facebook to prove your former spouse is not being honest with the court. Let's say your spouse has told the court he or she has no time to spend with your children but is constantly posting pictures of himself or herself at parties, it might be something you can use to your advantage in court.

Even if a Facebook account is deleted, forensic workers know how to retrieve its information if necessary. That should serve as a good reminder to be careful about what you choose to post on your Facebook page. If you are experiencing divorce-related problems that have something to do with your social network page (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) you may want to rely on experienced support to help rectify the problem.

An experienced Ohio family law attorney would be able to tell you what types of things from Facebook may be admissible as evidence in court as well as what types of things your former spouse may be able to use against you.

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