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Social media can play a significant role in divorce

Social networks have become part of the lives of almost everyone nationwide, including Illinois. Years ago, journals were kept for recording daily activities and personal thoughts, and no one dared reading someone else's diary. In contrast, the modern trend is for people to share all their thoughts and actions with the world on Facebook and other social media platforms. Not all Facebook users realize that everything they post can be used as evidence in a divorce, child support or child custody case.

Examples of social media posts that have been used as evidence include those that show details of significant purchases or luxury trips or cruises by a parent claiming money issues or unemployment in child support cases. Information on sites like LinkedIn might disclose previously undisclosed income, and changes to personal status could raise questions. The use of dating sites and the information shared could be used in cases in which infidelity played a role.

Social media has opened many avenues for lawyers and investigators to gather supporting evidence related to divorce cases rather than the traditional discovery methods. Some people do not realize that even deleted posts are still recoverable. While advisers suggest social media should be avoided throughout the divorce process, being tagged in friends' post can also uncover activities that might be best kept away from divorce lawyers.

Anyone in Illinois who is going through a divorce and suspecting wrongdoing on the part of the other spouse might be unsure about how to gather the necessary information. An experienced divorce attorney can assist with this process and determine whether obtaining such information can benefit the case of the client. With legal guidance throughout legal proceedings, peace of mind and financial security might be achieved.

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