The case of Representative Anthony Weiner illustrates the growing role social media plays in each of our lives. Facebook, Twitter and other sites may also play a role in a New Jersey divorce case.
As FOX News reports, the scandal born when Weiner sent a lewd picture of himself to a young woman via Twitter could be a contributing factor should his wife seek divorce.
Morristown divorce lawyers have seen the impact of social media on divorce and other types of family law cases, including child custody in New Jersey. While correspondence and evidence from these sites and others (including sites designed to help adulterous spouses find each other) can be used as evidence in a divorce case, what divorcing spouses say and do on sites like Facebook most frequently have an impact during divorce or child custody proceedings.
Attorneys disagree on whether sexting could be used as grounds for divorce; even as more and more affairs and accusations are prompted by online relationships. But what is certain is the damage a client can do to his or her case by posting online or in chat rooms. A general rule of thumb is not to post anything you would not feel comfortable explaining to a judge. That means pictures of your wild night out on the town with the guys, your expensive vacation, problems at work and issues with the children are best kept private. If you don’t think some of your friends are talking to your soon-to-be former spouse, think again. And such information can and does make it into the courtroom in divorce cases, child custody cases and arguments over child support or alimony.
In one of the more bizarre cases, CBS News reported a man was arrested for soliciting a teen on Facebook to kill his wife. Only the teen was a fake profile established by the wife to get the husband in trouble. Only the husband knew it all along and was just messing with the wife posing as the teen … You get the idea.
It wasn’t until a visit from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and four days in custody that the husband realized things had perhaps gotten out of hand.
Social media is a new communications medium. Studies are ongoing about how it impacts our interactions with one another. Early results show many are much less inhibited about what they post online — saying or doing things they would never say or do in person even though they are essentially one in the same. Combine that with the new freedom of the newly single, and due caution is appropriate when sharing via social media during a divorce or child custody case in New Jersey.
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