Those in St. Paul who are in the middle of any family law disputes are very smart to be careful with their Facebook, Twitter and other social networking profiles. Information posted on these sites can be used against you in custody, child support or alimony disputes and it is very important to remember that anything you post on these sites could end up in front of a judge. In fact, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently reported that 80 percent of divorce attorneys surveyed have noticed an uptick in social media evidence used in family law cases.
Back in January in our St. Paul Family Law Blog, we discussed the Minnesota state legislature's consideration of a bill that would reform the state's child custody laws. That bill has now passed in the Minnesota House of Representatives and it was expected to be introduced on the senate floor this week.
When St. Paul couples are in the midst of divorce proceedings, they have some control over the personal details revealed in court and in divorce documents. Depending on the circumstances of the divorce, financial information may be discussed during the division of assets and spousal or child support negotiations; and character qualities can come up during a custody dispute.
Although marriage numbers are at an all-time low in the United States, many couples are looking to authenticate their unions in a different fashion. According to a recent poll of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a growing number of couples are seeking cohabitation agreements.