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Online dating profile can mean courtroom trouble in Texas divorce

It is not unusual for an individual to begin seeking a significant romantic connection with someone new in the wake of a divorce. However, doing so prematurely can serve to hurt individuals going through a divorce in Houston.

We have blogged on numerous occasions about how critical hypersensitivity and a keen sense of discretion are when it comes to the material an individual posts online and on social media networks when in the midst of a divorce. That is a lesson that should come as no surprise to regular readers, but still bears repeating. To emphasize this point and broach discussion of a platform individuals may not have considered, we caution those going through a divorce to apply this same sense of discretion to the creation and posting of information on dating websites.

This information can be used as evidence against an individual in a family law court, impacting financial rulings and child custody agreements. Many divorce lawyers report seeing a marked increase in the amount of cases that use evidence from online dating websites in very recent years.

The pieces of information that most often work against divorcing individuals in Texas and across the nation are dishonest information about the status of their relationship, salary, occupation and parental status.

As always, honesty and transparency are best in matters relating to a divorce proceeding. Something as seemingly innocent as fudging your salary a bit to appeal more alluring to potential dates could have serious ramifications in a family court in relation to divorce proceedings. The assistance of an experienced divorce attorney can be an invaluable asset. A family law attorney can serve as an advocate for an individual in Texas going through a divorce. As always, it is important to remember that the things we put on the internet are often accessible to the public, including exes or soon-to-be exes.

Source: AAML, "Dating Website Providing More Divorce Evidence Says Survey: Nation's Top Matrimonial Lawyers cite Match.com as Most Common Source," Feb. 11, 2013

  • For more information on all matters pertaining to divorce in Texas, please refer to our Houston family law page.

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