FACEBOOK AND DIVORCE: A CAUTIONARY TALE OF TWO BITTER SPOUSES


Social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have created a virtual playground for cheating spouses. It used to be that only college and university students with verified school email addresses were able to use Facebook. Once registration became open to anyone with an internet connection, so did the opportunity to create fake accounts and anonymous personas.

Take, for example, the case of Angela and David Voelkert, a freshly-separated couple from the States whose bitterness and irrationality led to one of the most bizarre uses of Facebook in a divorce case.

In an effort to dig up some dirt on her ex, Angela created a fake Facebook persona, “Jessica”, and became friends with him. Jessica quickly became David’s confidante, and soon he began divulging a plan to kill Angela, asking Jessica to run away with him when the deed was done. Angela then alerted the authorities, who charged David with a number of offences.

Then came the twist: David produced a notarized affidavit, dated 6 days before he first divulged his plans to kill Angela, stating that he was lying to Jessica in an effort to obtain positive proof that Jessica was indeed Angela, attempting to tamper with his life. The charges against David were dropped, but not until he had spent 4 days in custody while investigators determined the validity of the Affidavit.

The parties who suffered the most in this crazy scheme were Angela and David’s children. If you are in the process of separating or getting divorced, be the bigger person and play nicely with your ex, if only for the kids. Putting them in the middle of your battle will only breed resentment and pain for everyone involved.

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