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The effect of social media on divorces

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2017 | Divorce

When a Minnesota couple decides to get a divorce, one or both of the individuals’ online communications could end up being shown in court. This is because, in many cases, digital communications are considered admissible evidence It is very common for individuals to go out of their way to search for the spouse’s online activities if ending the marriage is a possibility.

While it may be tempting to try to erase an individual’s online history by deleting posts or their social media accounts, this may not be effective. There are tools that can archive a person’s account, and deleting things can make people look guilty of something.

The best bet may be to avoid letting a spouse know what is in someone’s social media or email accounts or what is being said in text messages. Individuals should ensure that they are using secure passwords that a spouse won’t easily be able to figure out, and they should also change their security questions so a spouse cannot get their password that way. Further, people may want to password-protect their computer or put a security pin on mobile devices they use.

Understanding how the law determines divorce legal issues is an essential part of obtaining an equitable outcome. People may not be aware that how courts determine what is marital property and what types of assets are deemed separately owned, and they may not be familiar with how property division is handled. As a result, having the assistance of an attorney throughout the process can be advisable.

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