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Online activity may have family law consequences

The Internet and social media are useful for a variety of things, from staying in touch with friends and family to keeping track of finances. Online technology may also have family law repercussions for those living in Northern Kentucky and elsewhere. The activities people engage in online, as well as through text messaging, email and other outlets, may leave evidence that their spouse or significant other could later use against them.

For example, Fox News recently reported that a woman found out her boyfriend was cheating on her by accessing the geolocation evidence on his phone after he played the newly popular app “Pokemon Go.” Apparently the man was discovered to have been at his ex-girlfriend’s house several times while playing the game.

As this example shows, spouses may find clues about their partners’ whereabouts and suspicious activities on their smartphones or home computers, which could sometimes signal infidelity. Also, as Forbes points out, people’s social media activity after a divorce or breakup might provide information that could possibly be used in court. For example, if an ex-husband claims he does not make enough money to pay child support, yet he is tagged in a new girlfriend’s vacation photos, this could be a tip that he might be hiding income or assets.

It can be prudent to be careful what is posted on social media while a divorce-related dispute is going on, as well as to be aware of the activity an ex or soon-to-be-ex is engaging in online. This does not necessarily mean snooping or being obsessed with what the other is doing. However, being informed, as well as wise, might be enough to make a difference in one’s family law case.

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