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Clermont Divorce Attorney: Social Media and Divorce: A Teaching Hypothetical

Hypothetically, you are getting a divorce in Florida. The marriage between Party A and Party B irretrievably broke down months or even years ago, yet there are two children from the relationship.

USA, 15 November 2017 -- You both stayed together longer than expected with the intent of protecting the kids. The kids are (assigning a random number) 6 and 8 years of age respectively.

You are both good and reasonable people and parents. However, as happens quite often, one party, Party A has moved on with their romantic life more quickly than the other, Party B. Party A has a new significant other and feels the happiest they have been in years. Memories are meant to be shared right? The best times need to be catalogued and memorialized for future flashbacks and references? It depends.

That is poor grammar and syntax for a Clermont divorce attorney to leave a two word sentence dangling at the end of a paragraph. I did that provoke the minds of the readers. Let’s return to our hypothetical. Suppose that Party A has a new significant other and both are frequent social media users. The big four are in play: Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Party A has been relatively careful with their social media use to prevent anyone from interfering with their new relationship, probably out of an abundance of caution for the people they care about. However, Party A has not had a discussion with their new lover about waiting to tell the kids, or making their intimate relationship public.

Party A’s new lovercarelessly posts photos of the two together having a wonderful time, smiling, and holding each other (pick your photo scene: the beach, candlelight dinner, a nightclub, in the car with the top down, etc.). The new lover posts the photos on Party A’s Facebook page and Party A is unaware of it because they do not have any social media apps on their phone. An entire workday passes and Party A is still not aware of the photos, but her husband is, her kids are, and her friends and family have perused the pictures. This is one of the perils of social media use while getting divorced, or while contemplating getting a divorce.

Perhaps the parties had agreed not to tell the kids. Maybe Party B believed the marriage could be saved. Instead of being able to make decisions about who to tell and why, there is now photographic evidence for practically everyone to see that one party is involved in a romantic relationship. Florida is a no fault divorce state, and the purpose of this article from a Clermont divorce attorney is not to suggest that social media will influence a marital dissolution case. This is not legal advice, rather it is about making careful decisions and raising awareness of your circumstances. In a divorce there generally lots of people to consider. The feelings of the children can easily be hurt, the divorcing spouses might feel quite sad if they find out about their spouse’s new relationship on social media, and friends and family may begin to interject themselves into the persona lives of the Parties.

The takeaway here is that social media is generally quite public. That is sort of inherent in the phrase “social media.” People post pictures, videos, comments, stories, etc., in order to share with other people. If there are some aspects of your personal life, particularly regarding a divorce, (one that might not have even been filed for yet) you may wish to consider being selective as to what you post or allow to be posted on your social media accounts. If you would like to discuss any of these issues, please feel free to contact a Clermont divorce attorney. Remember, it is generally better to err on the side of caution when it comes to legal matters involving the heart. Visit

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Submitted by Damien on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at 5:27 PM
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