Divorce Cases Being Driven By Digital Footprints

Author:Ms Jacqueline Stroud and Valerie Surgenor

We've all done it. Said something we shouldn't have. Embarrassed ourselves unintentionally. Given in to guilty pleasure. Watched Made in Chelsea. It's ok (or at least it used to be). We're all human. And it was probably the only thing on tv, right?

Once upon a time such things were merely a concern of direct witnesses (if any), you, and the depths of your creaking conscience. In a world of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - not so. Thanks to the joys of social media, these are now a celebrated centrepiece of most people's online persona.

Seemingly oblivious to self-censorship, such platforms simply serve to encourage attention seeking, and the broadcast of meaningless cyber-babble. Its enough to turn one into a cynical pariah pining for the good old days before you could 'tweet', 'snapchat' or 'reddit'. Once upon a time, in this peaceful utopia the world was mercifully shielded from the insight of [insert famous-for-the-sake-of-being-famous Geordie Shore celebrity name here].

The 'Facebook Fail', or faux pas, if you want to dress it up. The quintessential modern manifestation of the previously private mortifying moments that are now etched into internet infamy (Who said 'right to be forgotten?'...shoosh, some of these things are genuine gold), certain Facebook postings might be the source of your downfall in an altogether unexpected fashion.

On this more serious note, wading through such social media skeletons are a growing band of potential divorcees and their legal teams. A recent survey found that information found on Facebook featured in a third of divorce cases they analysed. Mined for details of potential new relationships, extravagant expenditure and infidelity...

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