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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.

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Milwaukee County divorce lawyer hidden assets

There are many reasons why couples divorce. Maybe they realized they were better off just as friends, or perhaps someone’s needs were not being met. Whatever the circumstances, the divorce process is almost always more difficult and more complex when there are hostilities between the spouses. It is not uncommon for one spouse to have sole responsibility for the bills or finances. Divorcing with less-than-amicable feelings can sometimes cause that spouse to attempt to hide assets out of spite or anger. Not only is this untruthful, but it is also illegal and can carry some serious consequences. 

Requirements for Financial Disclosure

During a divorce, Wisconsin courts require both spouses to be fully transparent about their finances. All assets owned fully or partially by the individual spouses and all assets owned jointly between the spouses must be disclosed. This includes assets such as:

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