Written by attorney Wendy S. Alton

Divorcing? Stay Away from Facebook

Several reasons to stay away Facebook during a divorce were made clear in a recent AP news article titled “Divorce Lawyers: Facebook tops in online evidence."

Divorce lawyers are quickly becoming fluent in Facebook, MySpace and Twitter in order to find out more information about the other spouse during a divorce.

What exactly can be used against you from your Facebook page? EVERYTHING. Everything you say, every picture you post and every friend you have.

Facebook comments, wall posts, status updates, friends, pictures and videos are admissible in Court for issues such as fault, custody, parenting time, child support, and property division.

If you are going through a divorce, the safest solution is to deactivate your Facebook page. This will take you page offline until you sign in next. You will not lose your friends, nor your posts or pictures—it will just take your page out of general public view. Once your divorce is final, then you can activate once again.

Some say that you should just adjust your privacy settings. However, remember that your friends will see everything you post—and during a divorce, sometimes your friends are not necessarily on your side.

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you are interested in learning more, please call Wendy Alton at 734-665-4441 or email her at [email protected] More information about her firm, Pear Sperling Eggan & Daniels, P.C., can be found here:

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