Billionaire's son regrets divorce war via Twitter

The divorce of Ben Goldsmith, aged 32, and Kate Rothschild, aged 30, has become the sample case of what can happen when an acrimonious divorce is mixed together with social media.

The couple's nine year marriage came to an end when Mrs Rothchild's affair with an American rapper came to light, and the separation very quickly become volatile, and public, as both ex-spouses took to Twitter to vent their anger, and begin what became a public divorce war. They both even hired PR consultants at the height of their Twitter divorce war of words.

However, time is a healer, and with the benefit of hindsight, Mr Goldsmith, son of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, now says he was "stupid" to take their divorce fight into the public arena. Rather fittingly, the couple called a truce on Twitter.

Lenore Rice, a divorce solicitor at Wilson Nesbitt in Northern Ireland, commented:

"Social media websites have become increasingly intertwined with every aspect of our day-to-day lives. While there is no doubting the benefits of these sites, and their ability to instantly share our thoughts, comments and photos with our friends, they have already been cited in hundreds of legal cases in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

"A recent report has suggested that inappropriate use of Facebook is cited in one in three divorces, and content on social media sites have also been used to refute injury claims, in employment tribunals, defamation claims, and in other legal disputes. The lesson to be learned from this case, and those similar to it, is that we need to exercise caution when taking our private matters and opinions into the public arena."

If you live in Northern Ireland and require legal advice in respect of a divorce, or other family law matter, including issues surrounding child custody and access, division of assets, or any other issue, contact one of the divorce solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt by calling 0800 840 1363.