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The Effects of Social Media and Cheating on Divorce

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Social media and networking sites generally promote connecting people. While social media is a great way to stay connected with old friends or meet new people, sometimes people can get themselves into trouble by looking to start new romantic relationships through social media while they are still married. While something like connecting with an old flame for some harmless catching-up or trying to boost your social connections and self-esteem by entertaining potential networking connections may seem like a good idea, your spouse might disagree. Your social media activity can result in arguments that could potentially lead to a divorce. Also, while the State of Illinois is a no-fault state, your social media activity may be used as evidence during your divorce.

Since your social media activity can be used as evidence during divorce, it is important to be mindful of what your post and who you interact with. In the event that a spouse looks to use social media activity as evidence in divorce, there are guidelines that need to be followed such as making sure it is credible and authentic. We have seen numerous examples of social media evidence holding up in court, so we highly recommend that you are mindful of what you are posting and engaging with.

There is potential proof of cheating in many places. Maybe you or your spouse has a profile on a dating app that is discovered. As mentioned, conversations and photos that were exchanged in social networking sites can be used as evidence, too. Even if this information or files can be claimed as fabricated evidence, they can still be relevant in boosting a case with claims of adultery or cheating. Also, if a spouse has not yet exactly cheated beyond social media platforms, their intent to cheat can still help build the case against them.

When building your case, you need to have the right attorney to help you get to the best potential outcome for your divorce. Make sure you know your rights during your divorce by scheduling a consultation with one of our attorneys today.

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