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Warnings about the use of social media during a divorce

By: Lisa Marie Vari

In a world so interconnected via online social media sites, it is hard to imagine life without Facebook or Twitter. Millions of people all over the globe use these sites on a daily basis to check up on their friends and to update their followers on what is going on in their lives. Though it may seem fun and innocent, if you are considering filing for a divorce in Pennsylvania or currently in a Pennsylvania divorce proceeding, you should think twice before posting something on Facebook or Twitter. Believe it or not what you post on these social media sites may have an impact on your divorce proceeding, so it is in your best interest to consider the potential implications of a Facebook post and deciding whether you really want certain information on the internet.

The Indianapolis family law firm of Ruppert & Schaefer, PC, created and published a great infographic about social media and divorce, "Social Media Use During Divorce Proceedings." The information provided is extremely insightful and should be taken into consideration by all individuals in the midst of a divorce, and even those considering filing for divorce.

Three pieces of information in the infographic which stood out the most are that:

  • 81% of family lawyers have used or encountered evidence taken from social media sites,
  • 1 out of every 5 divorces in the United States is at least partially due to Facebook, and
  • 66% of online divorce evidence comes from Facebook.

This data proves the fact that social media has an impact on divorce and should be taken as a warning to all individuals who use social media sites, as many people do.

The infographic continues by providing readers with "social media don'ts". These don'ts are tips on what to avoid doing on social media sites during your Pennsylvania divorce proceeding. These tips are regarding the most common uses of social media such as updating your status, tagging photos, checking-in at locations, and changing your relationship status. The statistics and advice are all very practical and should be considered if you are divorcing or considering filing for divorce in Pennsylvania.

If you would like more advice about your Western Pennsylvania divorce case, contact our Pittsburgh Divorce Attorneys at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates. We can provide you with the information and the legal representation you need to get through your Pennsylvania divorce.

Source: Social Media and Divorce

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