By Larry Hartstein
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As if divorce lawyers needed more ammunition.
In a completely new survey, 81 percent say they’ve seen an increase within the use of Facebook along with various other social networking sites for evidence in divorce cases. Notes to lovers, compromising photos — Facebook provides a wealth of incriminating information.
“Every client I’ve seen within the last six months had a Facebook page,” said Ken Altshuler, a longtime divorce lawyer coming from Portland, Maine, who can be first vice president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “along with the first piece of advice I give them can be to terminate their page immediately.”
Sixty-six percent of the attorneys surveyed by the AAML called Facebook the unrivaled leader for online divorce evidence, followed by MySpace (15 percent) along with Twitter (5 percent).
“Going through a divorce always results in heightened levels of personal scrutiny,” said Marlene Eskind Moses of Nashville, the group’s president. “If you publicly post any contradictions to previously made statements along with promises, an estranged spouse will certainly be one of the first people to notice along with make use of in which evidence.”
Altshuler cited a couple cases in which Facebook proved key:
A woman was getting divorced coming from her alcoholic husband along with seeking custody of their kids. The husband told the judge he had found God along with hadn’t had a drink in months, nevertheless Altshuler found a recent Facebook photo showing him “holding a beer in each hand that has a joint in his mouth,” the lawyer said.
Then there was the custody case in which his client’s ex-wife claimed to be engaged. She was trying to show she’d provide a stable household for the kids.
nevertheless the same woman had posted on Facebook in which she’d broken up with her abusive boyfriend along with “if anybody had a rich friend to let her know,” Altshuler said.
The ex-husband’s friend gave him the posting; he was still Facebook friends with the ex-wife.
“People don’t think about who has access to their Facebook page,” Altshuler said. “A not bad attorney can have a field day with in which information.”
“Facebook can be a wealth of information,” said Kenneth Altshuler, the first vice president of the AAML who has been a divorce lawyer for 25 years. “My first advice to clients can be: ‘Shut down your Facebook page.”
Facebook a "Treasure Trove" for Divorce Lawyers