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Electronic information may become relevant during divorce

Not that long ago a Texas resident had to have a face to face meeting with another person to say that they had met. Now, however, in the electronic age it is possible for individuals to have close friends, classmates and coworkers who they have never seen outside of electronic space. The electronic age of the Internet has closed distances that were once considered impossible to breach but has created a whole lot of data that is of questionable ownership.

In particular ownership of information and data contained in personal email accounts, social media profiles, messaging platforms and others can become relevant when courts wish to delve into such data for the resolution of their cases. Family law cases can rely heavily on electronic data, especially when the legal questions at issue have to do with the grounds for divorce and issues related to the end of marriages.

For example, it may be possible for parties to a divorce to use the information contained in the soon-to-be ex-partners' Facebook and Twitter accounts as evidence of cheating, financial mismanagement and other issues that may have led to the dissolution of their union. They may be able to access information that could impact their chances of gaining custody of their kids, receiving support from their ex and obtaining an adequate property settlement as their marriages end.

There are a variety of steps that individuals can take to limit their soon-to-be ex's access to their online information, but not all electronic data may be kept out of court. To learn more about how electronic data may be used in a family law proceeding, readers may wish to reach out to their divorce and family law attorneys.

Source: forbes.com, "How Is Electronic Data Handled In Divorce?" Jeff Landers, Dec. 22, 2016

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