Separating couples are being warned about the dangers of using social media to share their feelings.
With January a common time for couples to split up, Ollerton solicitors Jones & Co have urged people to stay off Facebook and Twitter when emotions are running high.
The firm’s family solicitor Dawn Rollinson explained: “Social media content is increasingly used by divorcing couples, whether that’s to show evidence of conversations, photographs of a partner with someone else, to prove a partner wasn’t where they said they were or to show someone living a more extravagant lifestyle than they claim.
“We see a peak in people seeking divorce in these early months of the year, so I strongly recommend anyone thinking about this to take as much care as they can. Divorce is a very difficult time, particularly for any children involved and avoiding confrontation is important.
“People should be careful about what they share online, as even if they think only their friends will see it, those friends only have to ‘like’ or comment on it, for it to be seen by all their friends too.
“We’ve moved from a time when many things were rumour to times where a lot of information can be found online, without having to search too hard.”