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Social media is tricky territory for those facing divorce

The posts and pictures you share online can show up as evidence in your divorce case. If you have nothing to hide, that should not bother you.

However, if you tell the court how broke you are, you should not be posting photos of your trip to Hawaii with the new love in your life.

Dividing marital property

One of the most complex elements of a divorce proceeding is the dividing of marital assets, and both of you must be honest about what you own together. This means that if you opened a secret bank account in the Cayman Islands while you were still married, that is considered marital property and your spouse has a right to share the funds. It is just like the Land Rover you purchased a few months before you and your spouse decided to split. It does not matter that the car is in your name only, it is still marital property.

Defining friends

You may be a regular on Facebook, Twitter and other networking destinations, and once you separated, you blocked your spouse from your social media sites. Remember, though, that the two of you have many mutual friends and acquaintances. Once they learn that divorce is on the horizon, some may gravitate to you and some to your soon-to-be ex. This means that some of your online followers may not be as loyal to you as you might think; if they are more loyal to your spouse, they may carry tales about the information and pictures you post.

Being circumspect

Be smart about what kind of information and pictures you share online. A divorce attorney will tell you that until your divorce is final, it is wise to keep a low profile. You have no idea who might be informing your spouse about the interesting information you are sharing online, and your spouse will likely be passing that information along to his or her legal team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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