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Social Networking Evidence Aids Divorce Attorneys

The social networking giant Facebook has reunited old friends, given us the ability to share with others those things we like in life and provided online games to play.


However, be careful what you say and do on Facebook and make sure to de-friend any of those people who could use Facebook against you, such as an ex-wife. It could come back to bite you.


Now it looks like divorce attorneys are using Facebook to build cases.


User activity on Facebook and other social networking sites is, more and more, being used as evidence to settle divorce disputes. Attorneys are turning to social networks as a source of information, according to an Associated Press Report.


About one in five adults uses Facebook for Flirting, according to a 2008 report by Pew Internet and American Life Project. Pictures of manstresses or mistrisses or a parent forcing their child to de-friend the other parent are some of the details lawyers are collecting to build their case.


The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers says 81 percent of its member have used or faced evidence taken from Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and other social networking sites, including YouTube and LinkedIn, over the last five years, according to the AP


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“It’s all pretty good evidence,” said Lea Viken, president-elect of the 1,600-member group, in the AP article. “Oh, I’ve had some fun ones. It’s very, very common in my new cases.

The report details situations where users have had their social netowrking expolits used against them in the courtroom.


– A husband signed up for and declared his single-hood while seeking the custody of his child.


– A mother denies that she smokes pot, but posts partying, pot-smoking photos of herself on Facebook.


– A Father who wants custody of his children claims his wife never attends their kid’s events. Evidence finds mother was playing World of Warcraft and Facebook’s Farmville when she was supposed to be spending time with the children.


– Husband denies he has anger management issues but posts on his Facebook Page in the “write something about yourself section: “If  you have the balls to get in my face, I’ll kick your ass into submission.”

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