Many Texas spouses are surprised when social media becomes a focus at the end of their marriage. For divorce attorneys, Facebook and other social media sites are a virtual treasure trove of evidence and information. It may be that people have become so used to sharing every detail of their personal lives online that they no longer think about the realities of what they are putting out into the world.
Facebook is a root cause of many divorces, after seemingly innocent connections with old friends or lovers turn to something more inappropriate. Because messaging online seems so far removed from a face-to-face encounter, many people find themselves involved in a full emotional affair before they even realize they’ve crossed a line. When their partner finds out, arguing that the relationship is only based on these communications is not likely to help.
Facebook also plays a role in the actual divorce case, as a source of facts that can be used to argue everything from property division to child custody. Attorneys routinely use social media to demonstrate the presence of one or more affairs, to show that one party is living an extravagant lifestyle. Posts can even be used to question the fitness of a parent.
It’s important to understand that posts and messages that are deleted can be easily retrieved. In addition, spouses should know that Facebook complies with family law subpoenas. That means, for most Texas residents, that staying away from social media altogether is probably the best course of action if a divorce seems to be on the horizon.
Source: Time, “Divorce Lawyer: Facebook Is a Cheating Machine“, James Sexton, March 26, 2018