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Social media accounts may be evidence in New Jersey divorce cases

Social media has become a big part of many New Jersey residents lives. They may post about a variety of topics, and sometimes, they may make posts without fully considering the consequences. Certainly, it may seem harmless to post pictures of a vacation or a comment about a relationship, but for individuals going through divorce, these posts could have considerable affects on proceedings.

When couples divorce, many aspects of their lives may be considered, especially when it comes to dividing assets and determining alimony. Social media accounts are not off-limits when it comes to evidence that could be presented during divorce proceedings. If an individual is found to have posted information regarding recent trips or other lavish expenses, he or she could potentially be required to repay money to the marital estate. 

Additionally, individuals may wish to delete any information that has already been posted on social media. In some cases, deleting posts could potentially be considered tampering with evidence and could lead to legal issues. Therefore, parties may want to refrain from posting during their divorce and request that their friends are also cautious about posting information that pertains to the individuals going through the divorce. 

In an age when many individuals feel the need to share pictures of their breakfasts and outings to the gym, it may seem strange to think that posts could have a considerable impact on a situation. However, individuals going through divorce may find that such information could have a detrimental effect on their case. Therefore, if New Jersey residents going through divorce are concerned about their social media presence and how it could be used in court, they may wish to discuss their situation with their legal counsel.

Source: Fox Business, "Can Social Media Hurt You in a Divorce?", Andrea Murad, Aug. 27, 2015

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