Social Media, Cheating, and Its Effects on Your Divorce

couple focused on social media

Social Media can create separations between couples.

With the rise of social media and networking sites constantly tout “getting back in touch” or “expanding your network,” it can be hard to recognize the situations you are putting yourself in. In terms of relationships, both old flames and new temptations are constant possibilities with these new avenues of media. In every situation there are always going to be more sides to the story.  What you may think is innocent, your over half may not.  This can then lead to arguments among your spouse and then possibly divorce. Even though Illinois is now a no-fault state when it comes to seeking divorce, a party having committed adultery can have repercussions when it comes to the settlement of the case.

Social Media can harm, even when you think you are having conversations in private settings, all communications are fair game, when it comes to the divorce process. If you are going to be filing for a divorce, it’s good to have documented proof of your spouse’s cheating.

Proof that a party is cheating can be found in many places. Discovering a dating website or app profile is one method, such as when the adultery-facilitating site Ashley Madison’s data breach exposed millions of clients. More straightforward documentation, like conversations or pictures exchanged via social networks, can also be admitted into evidence. Despite the fact that these pieces of evidence are potentially faked, documenting them can still be extremely helpful to building a case. Even if your soon-to-be-ex-spouse has not brought this cheating offline, intentional behavior can be a boost to your case.

As you proceed with your divorce, it’s important to build the strongest case possible to garner the best possible outcome for you and your family. If you’re looking for legal help with your Chicago divorce, contact the legal team at the Law Offices of Michael P. Doman for a consultation today.