Advances in technology have helped us do everything, from work from home to watch TV on our phones to shop online without leaving the house. Technology, however, is not always good. It makes it easier for people to bully others. It allows people to research questionable materials, such as porn. It also can ruin a divorce, if not used carefully.
However, technology can also be beneficial in a divorce. This is especially true afterward, when the married couple becomes two single people learning to readjust to life.
Technology can be good or bad: you make the decision. Here are some things to keep in mind as you use your smartphone or computer during or after your divorce.
Technology has some benefits after a divorce. Many people use apps to help them find support groups. These sites help divorced people connect to others and share their emotions and experiences. This can be beneficial to those who are having trouble adjusting to single life after decades of marriage.
For those with children, apps can also be helpful post-divorce. Apps can help with child custody and support. They can help remind parents of certain events and help them keep track of child-related expenses. Technology can also help the parents communicate better, so there’s no more confusion.
If you use social media, it can and will be used against you in a divorce. In fact, most lawyers will use Facebook to dig up dirt on the other spouse. Many judges have ruled against spouses looking to claim alimony, child support or custody based on social media posts and photos.
For example, some spouses have requested permanent alimony due to a disability, only to post photos of them playing sports. Some parents have requested child custody, only to post photos of them partying, doing drugs and other activities that could deem them an unfit parent. Some claim to have no job or money for child support, while bragging about their huge raise, new sports car or expensive vacation on Facebook.
To avoid all this, it’s best to lay low during your divorce proceedings. You never want to delete your social media accounts, as that can be considered destruction of evidence, which can negatively impact your case. However, you should avoid using social media during this time. You should also block your ex-spouse and any of his friends or family members who could be checking your Facebook account.
Technology has made our lives easier in many ways, and this can be true for divorce and child custody. However, social media and other forms of communication can also have negative implications on a divorce.
Make sure you use technology to your benefit. The Columbia divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can provide you with solid advice during the divorce process. Get the outcome you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (410) 774-5987 or filling out the online form. We have two offices to serve you.
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