Many Nevada residents are familiar with social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. However, some may be alarmed to discover that websites intended to connect with friends and family have led to an increasing number of divorces.
Lawyers have coined this event a 'Facebook divorce," or a divorce that occurs due to typically unsavory discoveries of one's spouse through social media. Whether these revelations are born from incriminating photos or status posts, a 2010 study suggests that around two-thirds of attorneys in the U.S. obtain their primary evidence from websites to present during litigation.
Because most of this information is public, there are currently no laws against the use of Facebook or Twitter during the divorce process. While a spouse might attempt to delete the evidence from their profile or page, data may be retrieved by forensic experts at a later date.
Photos, for instance, might reveal reasons to believe that one's spouse is being unfaithful. In several states, adultery is grounds for a divorce, although such an act does not necessarily require proof. If another boasts about their vacation on a status post while they're supposed to be on a business trip, this might be grounds to suspect further deception. Any criminal activity discovered online might also be used as compelling evidence to finalize the separation.
If an individual believes that their spouse has been dishonest, further contributing to their reasoning for divorce, an attorney might be able to help. By gathering evidence to present during court proceedings, an attorney might advocate for their client regarding decisions in spousal support, child custody or fair asset division.