It is no secret technology plays a huge role in everyday life. It is hard to avoid texting, sending emails or using social media throughout the day. Most people are very connected and active on the internet.
However, this activity could come back to harm you during your divorce. The role of technology in divorce cases is becoming more and more prominent. The rise of the internet and other technology presents some potential problems when it comes to divorce.
There are many ways your online activity could work against you during a divorce.
Evidence to misconduct
Your online activity is a primary source of evidence for the other side’s lawyers. An article from the New York Times said, “evidence from social media was a ‘primary source for virtually anyone who has any divorce practice whatsoever,’” according to John Slowiaczek, the president-elect of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Online activity, text messages and photos are often used as evidence in divorce cases. They can provide a glimpse into your life and daily activities. Sometimes they can be used to find hidden assets or catch people lying.
Hard to hide
Social media, text messages and other online activity is also hard to hide. The internet is forever and posts that you delete are never truly gone. Private accounts can be accessed with court orders and used against you, despite any efforts to conceal information.
There are many simple ways for people to access your information and activity from the internet so it is risky to put any potentially incriminating evidence anywhere online or on your devices.
Although the internet and other technology is often an asset in day-to-day life, it may not be your friend during a divorce. It is more likely than not that your online activity will be used against you in court. Being careful what you post or send in text messages could ultimately help you with a divorce case.