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Social media can provide essential information and clues regarding a spouses financial activity.

More and more, social media has changed the way we interact with the world around us. It can help us to stay in contact with family and friends afar. It can help us to communicate with business associates, clients, and distributors. It allows us to share with the world our accomplishments, our future plans, and our feelings. It provides us with direct communication to family, friends, and friends of friends. We can post publicly, or privately – block people from viewing our posts, or allow anybody to see them.

However, sometimes friends of friends are not our friends at all. Sometimes blocking an individual leads to others spying for them. Sometimes, that private message turns out to be not so private, after all.

It is no secret that social media can be a very useful tool for both personal, and business communication. But this method for communication can also be used against an individual that is attempting to hold back on their true financial standing. For example, if an individual recently posted pictures of their brand new sports car right after they explained that they are in financial ruin to the court and cannot pay their alimony or maintenance bill this month, they may be in for a little surprise.

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Most married couples that use social media sites have numerous mutual connections. Friends, family, and business contacts who were close to both, may now be more loyal to only one. It is not uncommon for contacts of one spouse, to report back information to the other. Public profiles are also easily scavenged for any information that could lead to an uncovering of previously withheld information, or clues as to the financial activity of that individual. Posts that may seem harmless could lead to a big explanation to the courts. A photo of an expensive dinner at a 5 star restaurant, or new items from a recent shopping spree are some examples. This information, along with emails (and even texts) are admissible in a court of law.social media logos

Another way that social media sites could lead to discovering truthful financial activities, is by following the posts made by the spouses friends. An individual may be smart enough to keep that post about going to the Caribbean to themselves, but the two friends they brought with them may not be so discreet. A post about everyone going to the spouse in question’s new house on Sunday to watch the game on their brand new “big screen TV” may be all that is needed in order to catch them withholding their true financial position.

Many people do not realize that their texts, emails, social media posts, and online profiles provide investigators a wealth of information that can be used during divorce trials, settlement procedures, and other courtroom situations. Never put anything on an internet driven source, or even paper, that you are not fully prepared to have a judge or jury read. Verbal contracts are also taken into consideration. However, social media sites have proven to be one of the most reliable sources for admissible evidence in our modern age of information sharing and networking.

If you believe your spouse may be withholding financial or asset information from you or the courts, alert an experienced family law attorney right away. Your attorney may be able to track down these incriminating posts in order to secure a fair settlement and avoid receiving less than you are entitled to.

Trisha Festerling, J.D.

Family Law Attorney

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