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Social Media Posts Can Influence a Wisconsin Divorce

Posted on in Divorce/Family Law

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If you are planning to end your marriage, you may have already researched how issues like child support, alimony, and property division are handled in a Wisconsin divorce. You may have already sorted through your financial documents and gathered tax returns, informed your children about the divorce, and taken other preliminary steps. However, there may be one important concern that you are overlooking: Social media. Facebook and other social media platforms are increasingly becoming a major factor in Wisconsin divorce cases. What you – or your spouse – post on social media can affect your divorce case substantially.  

Posts on Social Media Can Reveal Financial Information

Most divorce concerns hinge upon finances. Before you can end legally your marriage, you and your spouse are expected to disclose details about your income, property, debts, and other financial information. This information is used to make informed decisions about child support, asset and debt division, alimony, and more. It is important to know how posts on social media can reveal financial information during a divorce. Information about new purchases, vacation photographs, and other seemingly harmless updates may become evidence in your divorce case. You may even find evidence of your spouse’s financial deception or clues about hidden assets through social media.

Online Activity May Be Used as Evidence During Child Custody Cases

The remarks, pictures, and videos you upload on social media like Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok may also impact your child custody case. Social media posts that show excessive drinking may be used to call your parenting abilities into question. In some cases, posts depicting illicit drug use, weapons, or hints at criminal activity could even instigate a child welfare investigation. Online dating profiles have also been used as evidence in divorce cases.  

One of the factors that Wisconsin courts consider when determining a child custody arrangement is the parents’ ability to communicate or cooperate with each other. The law specifically states that the court may withhold sole custody from a parent if he or she refuses to cooperate with the other parent and the court finds that this refusal is unwarranted. Complaining about your soon-to-be spouse or badmouthing him or her online may make it harder to obtain the child custody arrangement that you want.

Contact a Jefferson County Divorce Lawyer

What you say on social media can influence your divorce case considerably. For further information or for help resolving your divorce-related disputes, contact an experienced and dedicated Milwaukee County divorce attorney from Bucher Law Group, LLC. Call our office today at 262-303-4916 to arrange a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/767/V/41/5

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jefflanders/2013/08/20/how-social-media-can-affect-your-divorce/

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