It is generally common knowledge that websites like Google and Facebook use things like browsing history to tailor specific ads to the browser. It may also be common knowledge that businesses in Ohio and across the country are beginning to employ similar strategies in their advertisements by using customer purchasing patterns to design ads specifically for their perceived needs. However, many people do not know that this information might influence your high asset divorce settlement.

Consumption or purchasing patterns may have significant relevance to the types of proceedings involved in a divorce resolution. Specifically, did you know that your purchasing history can be evaluated in your child custody, child support, alimony or division of assets case?

Say, for example, one spouse is purchasing large amounts of alcohol or tobacco. This consumption history may reflect poorly on parenting skills. These habits provide an environment that is not in the best interest of the child. The same can be said for alimony payments; if one spouse is dropping significant amounts of money on superfluous or unneeded goods, he or she probably does not need to receive those alimony payments in order to maintain a healthy standard of living.

Divorcing couples ought to be aware of what they are spending and how it may affect their divorce and child-related settlements. You don't want your poor habits to influence the destiny of your relationship with your child. Similarly, divorcing pairs may benefit from being aware of their soon-to-be-ex-spouse's spending patterns and how it may benefit their own side of the settlement. All of these everyday behaviors can influence the fate of your post-divorce life.

Source: Huffington Post, "Richard Komaiko: Divorce Meets Big Data," Richard Komaiko, Mar. 2, 2012