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4 things to know about social media and family law

Social media is a huge part of daily life for many people. Most people use these websites as a way to keep in contact with family members and friends. Some people use it to rant about experiences or to rave about excursions.

If you are going through a divorce, child custody case or any other family law matter, you must remember that everything you say or do on social media can impact you. Essentially, if you wouldn't want it published on the front page of the newspaper, don't post it.

What New York's equitable division laws mean for your divorce

Divorce is never an easy process. It is full of complications, including child custody issues, property division and possibly determining spousal support. Sometimes is can take months for the court to finalize a divorce due to the complex nature of the elements.

Now that you and your husband have decided to divorce, it is important that you understand the complications you might face. For example, property division in New York is not a matter of splitting your marital assets in half. Instead, the state follows the principles of equitable division. An experienced divorce attorney in Brooklyn can help you understand marital property distribution laws in New York. For a brief overview of equitable division, read further.

Think twice before ranting on Facebook about your divorce

Most Americans these days have a social media routine. Maybe you wake up in the morning, get a cup of coffee in hand and peruse your Facebook account. You post photos, like and comment on your friends' posts. Or, you log onto Twitter late at night and make your opinions known to the world.

No matter how you use social media, it's important to scrutinize your social media activities during a divorce.

Paying alimony? Be sure to keep records

Your divorce settlement included a provision that you pay spousal support to your ex-wife. The divorce was messy and you have a feeling that your ex is going to challenge your payments at some point. Instead of finding yourself in a he-said-she-said situation in front of the court, come prepared with proof of your payments.

At the very least, your accountant will appreciate your record keeping when it comes time to file your taxes. The alimony payments you have been making are tax deductible. Therefore, in case the IRS decides to audit you, you need to have good records on hand to prove the amounts you paid.

3 ways mediation can help you tackle a tricky divorce

A divorce isn't easy for anyone, and when children are involved, it's important to make sure their best interests are kept close to your heart. A long, drawn-out divorce does nothing for anyone except waste time, but for some people, arguments just keep coming up. If you are in a contentious divorce but are open to negotiating with your soon-to-be ex-husband, then you may be able to get through your divorce more quickly with a mediator.

Tips for handling the holidays with a divorce in process

Going through a divorce is hard, but it can be downright devastating during the holidays. You are essentially splitting up two extended families, and if you've become close, it could be awkward to say the least. Still, there are things you can do to make your holidays a little bit easier.

Why does the valuation date for marital assets matter in divorce?

When you are going through a divorce and have accrued valuable assets during the marriage, it is vital that the parties accurately valuate all the marital assets to assure they are fairly and equitably divided. In order to ensure this is done, the valuation date must be set.

Earn more than your spouse? Three tips if considering divorce.

The structure of the family has changed in recent years. It is not uncommon for both partners in a marriage to pursue their careers, or for the woman to pursue her career while the man takes over the role as the homemaker.

Regardless of the structure chosen in your relationship, those who out earn their spouse may have concerns about how the assets would be divided in the event of a divorce. The following tips can help to better ensure that assets are protected:

How creative can you make your parenting plan?

Parenting after divorce is a challenging and complex job. Trying to parent your children with the person you no longer love gives new meaning to the word difficult. An important truth to remember on this topic is that there is no right way to do it. There is only the right way for your family and your unique circumstances.

Take for example a recent Washington Post story, and the situation this family now finds themselves in.

Divorce and social media: it's complicated

In some ways, social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google, has been a boon for communications with friends and family, even those you haven't seen in years. However, your relationship status with social media should be flagged as "it's complicated" if you happen to be involved in a divorce action.

Facebook, Instagram, and other sites can be a goldmine for your estranged spouse's lawyer looking for information that can be used against you.