Social Media & Second Marriages

Aug 8, 2012 by

It is no secret that the social media websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket and others are becoming the latest weapons in divorce and child-support battles. Private investigators and divorce attorneys searching for information on a client’s wayward spouse or ex-spouse are quickly catching on to the fact that the websites are often a quick and easy way to catch people doing things they don’t want others to know about.

The most incriminating online evidence is usually found in the form of photographs and what turns up can often be unsettling. However, a woman in Cleveland who believed her husband was having an affair got a much bigger surprise than she expected when she typed the name of the “other woman” into the search box on Facebook. Lynn France had grown suspicious when her husband began taking frequent business trips, and she suspected an affair, but she was not prepared to learn that her husband was married to someone else.

France found an album of 200 wedding photographs featuring her husband and his new wife, surrounded by footmen. When she saw the wedding photos she began divorce proceedings but her husband, John France, did not deny his “second” marriage, instead he claims he was never married to Lynn in the first place. His attorney said John France is asking a family law court to declare that his marriage to Lynn was “void since its inception.”

Although Lynn and John France were legally married in July 2005 in a seaside wedding in Italy, it appears John has indeed gotten married while he was still married. Now it seems quite certain there is a divorce looming in John France’s future. Maybe two.


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