Some couples know when a divorce is coming. They’ve tried to work it out, but they are unable to reconcile their differences. In these cases, couples are likely more at peace with the divorce and ready to move on with their lives before the process is even over. It’s not unusual for people to start re-entering the dating pool during a divorce proceeding; however, it is not always the wisest idea.
If you’re going through a divorce, you will want to take precautions regarding filling out an online dating profile, especially if you’re signing up for Match.com. According to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 64% of respondents say they have cited Match.com as a source of evidence in divorce proceedings. The survey indicates spouses and their attorneys are looking at Match.com and other dating sites to uncover incriminating evidence to use against the opposite party in a divorce.
For example, your spouse’s lawyer will be looking for discrepancies on your profile. If you say you’re single when you’re still technically married, for instance, they might flag this as a lie. Likewise, if you lie about having no children, having a different job than you do, or reporting a false salary, these will also be flagged by the lawyer.
While small fibs won’t affect your case too much, they could have an adverse effect on something like a child custody case. During a divorce, a court can look at dishonest behavior as a negative factor when deciding on which parent should be awarded primary physical custody. If dishonesty can negatively affect the child, or if you even denied you had a child on your profile, the judge will likely award your spouse custody of your kid while you are left with visitation.
Additionally, when it comes to property division, your Facebook and dating profiles can reveal a lot of information about your financial status. If you’re claiming you can’t afford to pay spousal support or a significant amount of child support, but your profile shows you spending lots of money on vacation, the judge might rule against you in court.
The bottom line is to keep from posting too much online during the divorce process. Whatever you post, no matter how innocent, it can come back to bite you later. If you need help with a divorce proceeding, don’t hesitate to call our skilled Palm Beach divorce attorneys about your case. Schuttler, Greenberg & Mullins, LLC has more than 75 years of combined experience to offer your case. Let us see what we can do for you.
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