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New divorce considerations in the era of online social media

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2019 | Divorce, Firm News

Decoupling in the digital era.

Imagine trying to decode that string of words prior to the advent of the Internet and the explosion — ever exponential – of online social media apps. The statement would obviously have made no sense whatsoever, even a few short years ago.

Now it does, of course, and in an instantly meaningful way for an incalculably large audience.

Let’s just tag that demographic the “Millennials” for purposes of this blog post, which underscores the complexities and challenges of rearranging one’s online profile during the process of divorce or following marital dissolution.

It can be tricky.

And it can be eminently frustrating, as one young woman who was recently divorced underscores in a national article addressing the subject matter. She says it was “incredibly painful” readjusting her online presence after she and her husband split.

“All of a sudden I have to basically shed half of my world,” she told reporters.

Indeed, the process of reshaping post-divorce reality can seem a monumental undertaking for legions of individuals who have spent many years posting images and personal data on Facebook and other online apps. What was once true is now, well, not, and needs to be purposely dealt with.

Notably, the huge online presence that many people have must also be addressed prior to and during the divorce process, not just following dissolution. Much of what appears online can have important implications for divorce-tied matters ranging from personal finances to parental fitness and more.

Please note, however, that you should not willfully delete information from your online profile in order to hide it, after your spouse’s attorney has asked for the information.  This type of activity can get you into trouble with the court.  Your attorney should be experienced and knowledgeable enough to help manage any damaging content that might be relevant to your case.

Experienced family law attorneys will ensure that their clients pay due and timely attention to their digital profiles. Doing so can promote positive results both prior to and following a divorce.


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