One of the most challenging aspects of a divorce will always be property and debt division. Deciding on an accurate value of all marital assets and then reaching a compromise regarding their division can lead to heated disputes that run the entire divorce process. In recent years, these disputes have become even more complex as more and more couples find themselves sharing digital real estate as often as real property.
Social media accounts are considered property. Many couples have spent years curating a following by posting messages and uploading photos. Regular updates to friends and family about vacations, new jobs or a baby on the way can make for a valuable, heartfelt timeline. As with all property, there will likely be an argument about whether it is marital or non-marital. If both parties had access and could make posts, or if the focus of the page was on the marriage itself, these social networking sites might be considered a marital asset.
Things can become even more complex if the social media site was used in conjunction with a family business, investment property or any other income-generating venture. When dividing assets, the digital aspect of the organization’s marketing arm must be carefully assessed.
It is important to discuss Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social networking sites during the divorce. It is not uncommon for spouses to share a site and use it to keep mutual friends and family members updated. Unfortunately, as the relationship ends, it is crucial that these sites should be either taken down or control given to only one former spouse in an effort to reduce conflict and confusion.