The impact of Facebook on divorce court cases

Nicola Furmston

Facebook is playing an increasingly big role in divorces in the UK.

A general lack of aptitude or laissez-faire amongst people using Facebook means that very often settings that keep information and photographs private are not utilised either at all or as effectively as they should be. Because of this, it has become increasingly easy to obtain evidence from Facebook to prove a point in court trials and the use of screenshot technology has greatly assisted in this.

Parties going through contested divorce proceedings, financial settlement cases or sorting out arrangements for their children via the court, should avoid using Facebook during the life of their case or, at the very least, ensure that they have mastered their privacy settings.

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Nicola Furmston is a solicitor specialising in the family field at Barker Gotelee, Solicitors in Ipswich.