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Social Media And Divorce Cases



So much of our lives today are recorded and published for public consumption. Surprisingly, we are doing most of the publishing. Social media websites have enabled classmates, friends, and extended family to stay connected. These social websites have become an important fact of life, and many business owners are even using social media to stay in touch with customers. Social networking is also fertile ground for evidence in contested divorces. Although many people feel comfortable posting intimate details about their lives on the Internet, doing so is not always a good idea. Anything that you post publicly could become evidence in your divorce case, and statements published privately within social media can sometimes be subpoenaed as evidence. Always seek the advice of a divorce attorney before using social media during your case.

Guidelines For Social Media Use During Divorce Cases:

  • Refrain from discussing your divorce online.
  • Never air your dirty laundry in public.
  • Do not make negative comments online about your partner.
  • It is best not to discuss a divorce case with anyone other than your attorney.
  • Always follow your attorney's advice.
  • If you are unsure about the best course of action, ask your attorney.
  • Hire a divorce attorney who is familiar with the impact of social media on divorce.
  • If you see relevant evidence on any of your spouse's social networking accounts, notify your attorney as soon as possible.
  • Realize that publishing under a fake name or publishing privately do not guarantee that your social media posts will remain private.

Social Media And No-Fault Divorce

The availability of no-fault divorce has changed the way attorneys, courts, and families approach divorce cases. No-fault divorces and equitable property distribution have made divorces much less contentious because spouses no longer have to place the blame on each other. Litigants focus more on finding a fair resolution. Social networking can be beneficial because divorcing parents can use these websites as a form of communication that requires less direct contact with each other. It is also helpful to have a written record of all communications. Especially in cases of shared child custody, social media may be used as a neutral form of communication to discuss matters related to co-parenting. Contact an experienced divorce attorney today to ask how you should handle social media use during your divorce.