We find social media and dating apps are playing an increasing role in divorce proceedings, especially as a reason for separation. While social media can be used to evidence someone’s assets, it is much more important on divorce to seek expert advice. At Vardags we are adept in undertaking a detailed analysis of your spouse’s financial matrix. If your spouse has complicated assets or a business it is crucial you talk to us. Amy Harris Senior Associate, Vardags, Manchester 0161 956 3838 firstname.lastname@example.org
We have, as solicitors, for many years included a warning to our clients about the use of social media. Not just in the context of divorce proceedings but also children’s matters and domestic abuse cases. Information posted on social media can become very public even where you consider your privacy settings to be at the highest, as there is always someone who is ready to ‘snitch’! My advice therefore is always to desist from posting anything you would not be happy for a Judge to see.
During a divorce, social media can be a help or a hindrance. I often find clients do not realise a social media post can become evidence in court. In order to protect themselves, I advise clients to stay away from their social accounts until the case is finalised. For those clients concerned their ex is hiding assets, their online life can reveal a very different lifestyle and support the case.
Facebook is often cited in divorce petitions, however the role social media plays can have a lasting impact well beyond the divorce papers; having a significant effect upon distribution of assets. It may not be the spouses themselves flaunting their lavish lifestyles online; sites like Instagram have become the place for affluent youngsters to boast of supercars, yachts and private jets, unwittingly exposing their parents to scrutiny from divorce lawyers! Helen Miller Managing Partner Stowe Family Law, Altrincham Helen.email@example.com 0161 822 8073 Helen Oakes Solicitor, Butcher & Barlow 01928 733871 firstname.lastname@example.org Georgina Chase, Family Lawyer, Slater and Gordon 0161 383 3500 Georgina.email@example.com