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How social media can hurt and help you during divorce

Many North Dakota residents use social media regularly. Updating a Facebook status, documenting an event and posting it to Instagram, or tweeting a thought have become routine for many people. If you are going through a divorce, however, it may be wise to deviate from that routine.

Today, social media and other electronic communication is commonly used as evidence in divorce court. If you claim to be broke in court, but post photos on Facebook of a luxury vacation, for example, your ex can use it against you. Even if you block him or her from viewing your profiles, mutual friends who have remained loyal to your ex can pass on information that can hurt you when it comes to child custody, support and alimony.

While you should consider limiting your social media activity to protect yourself during your divorce, you should be sure to keep an eye on your ex's activity. Although it can hurt you if you post the wrong thing, watching your ex's social media activity can help you discover if he or she is hiding assets or lying about something in court. 

As you go through your divorce, keep in mind the repercussions of posting certain things to your social media pages. Anything you say can be used against you, and tight security settings won't always prevent things from coming up in court. Always remember that if you are watching for your spouse to make a mistake, he or she is probably doing the same thing. 

Source: Forbes, "How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce," Jeff Landers, Aug. 20, 2013

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