Facebook and Divorce Court

June 2, 2010  |  Facebook

You probably saw this one coming.  CNN is reporting that more and more divorce lawyers are turning to Facebook in their search for evidence against cheating spouses.  A growing number of attorneys say that social media sites have opened the floodgates to infidelity, making it easier for people to rekindle a romance with an old flame or flirt with a stranger.  Hard to believe, but compromising photographs are apparently not that hard to find, along with wall posts, status updates and tweets incriminating the cheater.

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Not that I’ve ever fallen into the cheating category myself, but isn’t the whole idea of running around behind your spouse’s back that it’s supposed to be a SECRET?  I’m utterly convinced that people have lost their Facebook-ing minds.

Remember the classic TV show “Lost in Space”?  The catch phrase in every episode was “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!”  Well, fast forward 45 years and there’s still plenty of danger out there.  Social media seems to be separating millions of us from the common sense we were born with.  And society as a whole stands to lose in a very big way.

At least 80% of attorneys surveyed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers cited growth in the number of cases using social media as a source of evidence over the last five years.  That is a stunning statistic.

Wake up, world.  Come back to your senses.  Oh, and while you’re at it, have a little integrity.  Is that too much to ask?  ;-)

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2 Comments


  1. Couldn’t have said it better myself, Sharon. What kids and adults alike need to understand is exactly that: the internet is forever. Once you’ve done damage to your reputation (or anyone else’s for that matter), you can’t take it back.
    I don’t think they realize they’re playing with fire. It isn’t until it all goes wrong that it dawns on them, and by then, it’s too late to go out and buy a flame retardant jumpsuit.

    Maybe these people get some kind of thrill by actually posting pictures of their indiscretions. Does it bring them one step closer to being caught? Is that what they really want? Whichever way you look at it, it’s stunning. Simply stunning.

  2. What on earth are people thinking? I personally love my facebook account. I enjoy the communication with my family and friends, sharing information and photos with ease. Of course, I have no worries about anyone seeing what I am posting.

    Now we live in the age of ashleymadison.com, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair”. Having an affair is more acceptable than ever and as such, many say “why not?”.
    For every “why not” there’s a lawyer smiling somewhere and a wronged spouse feeling vindicated — and counting the extra $$ they will see in a settlement.

    I am not going to presume to judge anyone’s behaviour, but if you’re going to play with fire, you’d better be wearing fireproof clothing. The burn will not only hurt, it will brand you for life! And if you’re going to have an affair, you’d better be careful how loudly you broadcast it. Rumours may fade away, but the internet is forever.

    I’m just saying ….

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