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When, how online accounts become relevant in the divorce process

Starting with a truism and analogy to introduce today's family law blog post seems appropriate, with this one from a recent media report seemingly being a reasonable fit as a transitional device.

To wit: You can't put toothpaste back in the tube.

When spotlighting a discrete family law concern, that might be tweaked a bit, as such: After complaining to your soon-to-be ex-partner during the divorce process that you cannot afford to provide spousal maintenance or make more than negligible child support payments, you likely wish the recently posted Facebook photos of you partying away on a luxury yacht could be, well, unposted.

Maybe they can, but it's just as likely that the damage you fear might come from images of you awash in cash and caviar will materialize in a flatly adverse way.

Here's a message for all heavy users of the Internet, social networking sites and other mobile tech applications, delivered courtesy of a Forbes contributor who routinely focuses on divorce matters and related financial concerns.

Jeff Landers says this: "[I]t is increasingly likely that your divorce will involve a review of your electronic communications."

Think about it. The online presence of many people is simply voluminous, with personal imprints standing as visible -- and sometimes damning -- evidentiary proofs that can have substantial consequences in key divorce areas.

For many people, the photo albums of yesteryear are nowadays supplanted by Facebook, Twitter, smartphone texting, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest and myriad other platforms where huge amounts of personal data are stored -- and sometimes readily accessible in a manner that an individual has never contemplated and certainly disfavors.

Landers advises divorcing parties who are concerned about their electronic histories to timely and candidly raise the matter with an experienced divorce attorney.

"Laws governing such things vary from state to state," he notes.

A proven family law attorney can provide further information.

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