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Avoid Match.com, Facebook If You're Going Through Divorce

You've heard people say it before: Stay off Facebook if you're going through a divorce.

In fact, it may be good advice to stay off any website where you have a public profile. And you may not want to update your status or post pictures either.

Why? Because according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 64% of lawyers say they've cited Match.com profiles as evidence in divorce cases.

And divorce lawyers are also using Facebook to gather evidence for divorce proceedings, reports Boston's WBZ-TV.

What kind of evidence would that be? Specifically, evidence in an online profile that isn't completely honest can be used against you in a divorce trial.

Things like false claims of being single when, in fact, you're still married can come back to hurt you in a divorce proceeding. The same can go for claiming you have no kids, when that's not the case.

In fact, relationship status is the most often cited piece of evidence taken from these websites.

Other types of evidence can include online photos of you living it up during a separation, and even status updates or tweets in which you demean your soon-to-be-ex.

Be careful. Courts tend to see dishonesty or party life as negative factors when weighing child custody options.

Similarly, when it comes to dividing your assets, Facebook photos and Match.com profile details can give away a lot of information about your financial situation. Be careful before posting photos of the recent luxury vacation you took, when you're trying to avoid alimony payments.

Divorce can get ugly. Don't make it worse by being reckless online.

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