Social Media During Divorce
In a world in which we put so much of our once private lives on display via the internet, it is important to consider the implications that it may have on divorce. It is not uncommon at all for divorce litigation to include evidence from Facebook, Twitter and the like. And it isn't just posts by the litigants themselves, but also posts from friends and family that are being scrutinized by lawyers and judges.
You should be aware that your spouse or his attorney will almost certainly look at your Facebook account for evidence that could benefit their side of the case. They could be looking for evidence of extravagant spending, cohabitation with another, improper or irresponsible parenting practices or excessive partying. Courts take notice of this evidence and it can effect outcomes in a divorce proceeding.
You can protect yourself from this use of social media content by being proactive and anticipating the types of things your spouse may be looking for. If you are involved in a divorce, you should change your privacy settings so that only your friends can view your account. You should also stop posting any information related to your divorce. Next, you should delete any photos that could be interpreted the wrong way. When you are looking through your pictures, you should ask yourself "What would a judge think of this?" Finally, you should unfriend anyone who you would not want knowing the details of your personal life.
Of course, the most proactive way to help yourself is to delete or hide your entire profile and stay offline until the divorce is over. For some, this may seem impossible but it is easier than going through each and every post and picture, especially if you have been on Facebook for years.
Keeping these simple things in mind can save you a lot of trouble in the event that your spouse tries to use your social media posts against you.
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