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Tips for social media during divorce

South Carolina couples who are getting a divorce might not think about the impact their social media usage could have on the process. However, people often reveal more than they realize on sites like Facebook, and even if the impression they give in their posts about their income or lifestyle is inaccurate, it could still be harmful in court. Many people also may not realize that electronic communications such as text messages and email are subject to a subpoena. The best policy is to avoid writing down anything that a person would not want to see brought up in court.

One man posted online about his job and his expensive vacation. Since he had asked for alimony on the grounds that he had no job, this was denied. In another case, a lawyer found that his client's estranged spouse had a business on the side that had not been disclosed. By presenting the evidence of the business on LinkedIn, the attorney won more child support for the client.

Some people might think that they are safe if they block their spouse from social media, but friends may reveal too much information as well, and a spouse may see that. This could even lead to a person's loss of child custody. For example, a person might appear to be drunk instead of taking care of the child.

People who suspect that their estranged spouse is being dishonest about their income or other aspects of their life based on social media postings, might want to discuss it with their attorney. The spouse could be hiding assets or behaving in a way that might endanger the couple's children.

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