Divorce Case Evidence: Facebook profile used in court

Social networking such as the use of Twitter and Facebook may be a wonderful thing most of the time, it helps people communicate with the people they want to, brings people closer together and keeps you in touch with what’s going on in other people’s lives. That’s all well and good when your life is running smoothly, but life has a habit of playing tricks on us.

An article by Jolie O’Dell over on Mashable today, looks at a report from the Associated Press that says that social networking giant Facebook is quickly becoming a great source of information for divorce lawyers, who are increasingly using it to gather details of people’s dating, habits and financial status. This evidence can then be used in divorce cases.

For many people sharing information about their personal lives is now so commonplace that they don’t even realise just how much they’re giving out and don’t always remember to remove a Facebook friend when maybe they should. One of the cases in the article was about a mum who actually lost custody of her children because evidence was gathered that when she had claimed she was spending time with them, she was actually playing World of Warcraft.

Another case cited is that of a man who said he had no issues with anger management but made aggressive threats on his Facebook profile. You could say that some of these people may have been a bit ignorant not to think about the impact from details of their personal life they were sharing, but it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security.

According to The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers over 80% of its members have used evidence gathered from Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, or had it used against them. For more on this go to Mashable.com. It’s certainly food for thought. When you really think about how much you are sharing on networking sites, are you shocked at how much people can find out about what you get up to? We’d be interested to hear your comments about this.