Catching Cheaters Online
It is common knowledge that the recently relaxed privacy settings on Facebook have enabled some members’ personal details to be leaked without them realizing it. What people might not know is that social media stalking has become a widespread evidence-gathering tool for attorneys involved in divorce cases.
In the old days attorneys would have to get the goods on cheating spouses by using private investigators to snoop around with cameras. Now they just go online to look for compromising photographs and other evidence of infidelity on profile pages, wall comments, status updates and even tweets. Incriminating photos and information from social media sites can have a real effect the outcome of alimony disputes and custody fights. A parent could easily lose custody of a child due to inappropriate behavior exhibited online.
Divorce and family law firms are beginning to rely on their ability to gather information from social media sites with 80 percent of the attorneys surveyed in a recent American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) study saying that they are seeing a definite increase in the number of cases involving social media. Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg has responded by recently announcing the implementation of tighter privacy settings on the site to block outside parties from viewing user’s personal information.
Many people seem to post the details of their daily lives online because they believe no one will ever see the information. However, once a person has been proven to be a liar with evidence gathered online, it can undermine the credibility of their entire testimony in a court hearing. Obviously, if you’ is a good practice to be cautious, and even a bit guarded about what you post about yourself online these days, but a better idea might be to refrain from posting on social networks at all until you have your divorce decree in hand.