Belinda Luscombe writes in the June 22, 2009 issue of Time Magazine "Divorce and Facebook"
"Not long after Patrick told his wife Tammie he wanted a divorce, she posted an angry, hurt note on "the wall," or public-comments section, of his Facebook page. Embarrassed that his colleagues, clients, church friends and family could see evidence of his marital woes, he deleted it and blocked his wife from seeing his page. A couple of days later, the IT worker in Florida--who asked that his last name not be used in this story — found alarmed messages from two Facebook friends in his inbox. Tammie had used a mutual friend's account to view Patrick's wall and e-mailed several women he had had exchanges with. He says her e-mails were borderline defamatory. She says they merely noted that he was married with children, a fact he had left off his Facebook profile. Either way: Ouch."
What's to hate about Facebook? Ask a family lawyer. Or, for 5 good examples of the mistakes that people make when posting on Facebook during (or before . . . or after) a divorce see "Five Facebook No-Nos for Divorcing Couples" - an "extra" article related on the Time site.
See Divorce and Facebook in Time Magazine online
Lawyers can have a field day with postings on social networking sites. Barbara Glesner Fines, Ruby M Hullen Professor of Law at University of Missouri (Kansas City) writes about some ways to explore (and exploit) social networking faux pas on her blog at Family Law Prof Blog. You can read it here.
The above article should be forwarded to all divorce clients. Many of them simply do not think that they can be found online