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Social media and divorce

by Dinnebier & Demmerle on December 22, 2014

Social media and divorceDivorce is not often a subject for humor. However, many other forms of media, may “spin” the subject of divorce to make jokes or whimsical statements. In fact, in a recent November, 2014 comic strip, Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury made a satiric point regarding the relationship between divorce and social media. The information the strip was based on fact; that one third of divorces studied involve Facebook.  That information may have surprised readers of the strip. But to family attorneys and many couples, this likely comes as no surprise.

Though comics can often be satirical in tone, this particular strip merely reinforced what most divorce attorneys already know: what you post on social media can in fact be used in divorce proceedings.

Some readers may find irony in that what they may consider an “old school” form of media – the comic strip – making satiric “fun” of the new/social media.  But the point is well taken: putting your thoughts, reactions and emotions online on a social media forum, be it Facebook or other, is placing these communications within reach of the law, so to speak, should your divorce proceedings deign to include them.

In short: be careful what you post. You may have more readers, or followers, or however you may term them, than you think. It may not seem possible, when a marriage is healthy and happy, that situations and feelings would ever change; but that is, to a family attorney, a statement that is tested almost daily in a legal practice that focuses on divorce.

Again, the content of this blog is intended not as legal advice, but only for information and/or discussion purposes. Should you have questions or concerns about how California family law may apply to you, you may wish to consult a knowledgeable family law attorney. 

As Orange County’s premier family law specialists, the attorneys at Dinnebier & Demmerle can provide answers to your questions and concerns, clarify and establish your legal rights, and represent you in court. If you would like more information about social media and divorce or any other aspect of California family law, please call to set up a consultation. We’re ready to move forward when you are. Just contact us in Tustin at 714-838-1099.

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