As California couples divorce, whether amicable or not, there are important decisions to be made about property division, child custody and child support. What many may now know is that social media activity can be used in the divorce process. According to The National Law Review, affairs conducted online precipitate up to one third of divorce cases. Social networking evidence is worthy of using in court by 81% of attorneys and Facebook is used as a principal evidence source in 66% of divorce cases.
The divorce process can be incredibly tough for so many reasons, and some people face an uphill battle as they try to bring their marriage to an end. From questions about how custody will be awarded to child support, alimony, property distribution and adjusting to life without a former partner, this can be a draining and complex time in someone’s life. In certain instances, even more questions may arise during the divorce process and moving forward can be particularly tough from an emotional point of view. For example, someone’s former spouse may pass away in the middle of a divorce.
While you may enter into marriage with the belief of staying together forever, a surprising number of marriages end in separation or divorce. The growing trend of gray divorce is proof that even marriages that have lasted for decades can end in divorce. More couples over the age of 50 are filing to terminate their marriages than ever before.
When it comes to family law, handling your affairs can be tough for many reasons. Some people are uncertain whether they should move forward with a particular idea (such as moving to a new city with their child after splitting up with their spouse), and many people feel stressed out by the entire process. Some people, however, have a particularly difficult time when it comes to family law issues. For example, those who have been subjected to domestic violence may be worried about their own safety or the well-being of their kids, not to mention many struggle with mental trauma in the wake of abuse.
When you make the difficult decision to split from your California spouse, you will undoubtedly need to work through certain issues, such as how you will split custody, if applicable, and whether you will pay or receive alimony once your divorce becomes final. Increasingly, though, many California couples navigating their way through divorces must also figure out what to do about another important matter: who will keep the family pet.
Your favorite social media platform, such as Facebook or Twitter, can let you keep in touch with family and friends you don’t see often and allow you to voice your opinion on subjects that are important to you. Like other California residents, you probably post about your significant life events on social media. However, if your marriage is ending, you might want to refrain from changing your relationship status and making a post about the impending divorce right away.
If at first you do not succeed, try, try again. The same theory may hold true with marriage. You may have failed at your first attempt at marriage, but a second or third marriage may bring about more successful results. Right? The numbers show quite the opposite. Although more than 50 percent of all first-time marriages end in divorce in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 67 percent of second marriages and 73 percent of third marriages end in divorce as well. What causes this increase in divorce rate as the number of marriages increases?
The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but California residents who split time with their children may have an especially difficult time. There is often contention between both parents, which can affect the children. Single parents can also feel alone and sad when it is not their turn to have the kids for the holiday.
It is important for a California couple intending to end a marriage to understand the difference between a divorce and an annulment. Both are methods of putting a legal end to your marriage, but annulment is only available to you in very specific circumstances.
Navigating your way through a California divorce can prove lonely and emotionally taxing, and if you are likely many people facing similar circumstances, you may rely on social media more than you once did during this time. While it makes sense that you may want to turn to your friends and reestablish old connections during a separation from your spouse to help combat feelings of loneliness, your use of social media may lead to more trouble than its worth. At the Law Office of Lily L. Huang, we understand the ways in which your use of social media can impact your divorce case, and we have helped many clients making their way through divorce make smart decisions relating to social media usage.