Divorce solicitors can request access to Facebook accounts

By Lenore Rice

Divorce solicitors are turning to social media accounts to look for evidence of hidden wealth during divorce proceedings, and can request permission from the judge to access the Facebook, Twitter and other accounts of the other spouse.

Steven Philippsohn of PCB Litigation says the use of social media sites by divorce solicitors is on the increase as they contain a large volume of personal data and can often assist them to collect evidence about and recover wealth that one of the spouses has attempted to hide from the divorce assets pot.

The request to access the accounts can be granted under English law if fraud is suspected, such as when a couple are divorcing and one of the spouses is trying to conceal the full extent of their wealth. Social media sites have also been used in other cases, including a woman who was claiming benefits as a single mother whose Facebook page revealed she was marrying.

If you require legal advice from a divorce solicitor in Northern Ireland contact Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 1363.