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Facebook becoming key evidence in divorces

The days of divorce attorneys hiring private investigators to dig up information on cheating spouses may be long gone thanks to the rise of social networking. According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 81 percent of the nation's top divorce attorneys say using social networking as evidence is growing.

Facebook is the primary source of divorce evidence the AAML reported. Sixty-six percent of AAML respondents said Facebook was the primary source, followed by 15 percent choosing MySpace, Twitter was selected by 5 percent and 15 percent chose other sources.

Divorce attorneys have said social media sites make it easier for spouses to commit infidelity because it's easy to flirt with a stranger or find a long lost love. Facebook's gradual relaxing of privacy settings over the last year has made it easier to get personal details, according to CNN.com.

Gathering evidence on Facebook has become easy for online sleuths. Divorce attorneys say often times feuding couples will de-friend each other, but forget to do so with friends. The friends are then used to find information and access information on the profile of the separated spouses.

Attorneys told CNN that if you use Facebook and other social media networks and are headed for a divorce to make sure you watch your profile and your friends. Otherwise, the safest thing may be to stop using Facebook completely during the divorce.

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