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Social media can harm a divorce situation

These days all kinds of people in the Houston area are on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others all contain many facets of our daily lives. But for those going through a divorce or have had a divorce, social media can become a problem.

Many people find social media to be a great way to stay in touch with friends and family and to update everyone as to what they've been doing. Social media can provide instant gratification for users, allowing them to share adventures and pictures that they post. But people can also run into legal problems. Child support, child custody, alimony and other issues can be tied to what a person posts on social media. If it's a person's weekend to spend with the kids and they're posting pictures of themselves having fun in Las Vegas, for example, that can hurt a custody agreement. If a person claims they are broke yet are posting pictures of themselves in a shiny new Corvette, that will not help their child support or alimony case.

Social media can still be used by people with custody, alimony, child support and other issues, but they need to be careful about what they post. Posting things that can work against you on the date of a court hearing is not in your best interest. Set your privacy settings so that you can't be tagged in everyone's posts in ways that can be inappropriate. Think about everything you post before you post it. And the best idea could be to cancel social media accounts until the legal issues have been resolved.

Social media appears to be here to stay and evolves every year with new ways for people to share their lives. Being careful about what is posted is important when there are divorce legal issues being worked out.

Source: Huffington Post, "Our complicated relationship with social media," James J. Sexton, July 29, 2015

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