Social Media’s Impact on Divorce

By Mitch Rice

Divorce is never an easy process to go through. Now, the ever-growing presence of Social Media has led to marital problems and is even impacting Divorce proceedings.

Other serious issues brought about by Social Media include:

  • Several studies showing that excessive social media decreases the quality of a marriage. This can lead to marital problems such as cheating and in some cases divorce.
  • Social media giving a jealous partner the means to monitor the interactions of their spouse with others online.
  • Data gathered has shown that one in every three divorces start as online affairs.
  • Mobile Apps making it easy for unhappy spouses to “shop around”. With these apps they can start a new relationship or track an old flame.
  • The fact that many couples have placed trackers within their partner’s social media apps and caught their partners cheating.

The Social Media impact.

During divorce proceedings your spouse or their legal team may look deep into your social media trying to find damning evidence to use against you. A number of Divorce lawyers in Dubai admit the numbers of cases using social media as evidence has grown tremendously in recent years. A survey by the Huffington Post involved 2000 UK couples. The exercise revealed a lot of suspicious online partner activity leading to 1 in 7 filing for divorce.

Another study published in Computers in Human Behavior found that a 20% annual increase in Facebook members brought about a 2.18% to 4.32% increase in divorce rates. This clearly shows that social media has a growing impact on divorces.

Finally, a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers showed over 97% of its attorneys saw evidence from smartphones used in divorce cases over the past three years.

Here are some practices on social media that can have a serious impact on your divorce if used in court:

  • Friends posting embarrassing comments and pictures of you online.
  • Your mutual friends being on your spouse’s side submitting information from your social media to compromise your case.
  • Pictures taken with others can be admissible in court to show infidelity.
  • Social Media is often time-stamped and can be used to prove a spouse was somewhere they were not supposed to be.
  • Showing off on Social Media about things you bought or events you attended without your spouse can be used to show erratic spending behavior.

Tips to do reduce the impact of Social Media before and during a divorce.

The impact of social media is different depending on what stage of the divorce you are in. If Divorce is imminent try the following to minimize the impact of social media:

  • Do not rant about your partner on social media as such actions can bring serious consequences if a divorce case is filed.
  • Do a sweep of all your social media and delete any information that may negatively affect your pending case.
  • Set your profiles to private.
  • Remember you and your partner have mutual friends. Block any friend-list contact you feel may get information on behalf of your spouse to use against you.

After the Divorce

Once the divorce is over you are free to do as you wish. However, if you have children the impact of social media post-divorce is still an issue. Keep things with your ex cordial as your kids and mutual friends will no doubt be paying attention.

It may be wise not to flaunt a new boyfriend or girlfriend until the effects of the Divorce have come to pass. Posting pictures showing you have moved too fast can have a negative impact on the kids, family and friends still coming to grips with what has happened.

One of the best firms in the UAE is here to help.

Now that we have demonstrated just how impactful Social Media can be during a divorce we hope you understand the importance of keeping your posts as un-assuming and non-implicating as possible during this time.

Having said this there are times when there is just too much negative evidence against you on Social Media and just as your spouse may hire a legal team to formulate their plan in divorce proceedings it is a good idea you do the same. Expert team at HHS Lawyers  are no strangers to such situations with years of experience in the field.

Feel free to Call or make a booking with expert today and see exactly what we can do to mitigate the damage your Social Media could do in your divorce case.