Megan Shepard - Family Law Attorney

Megan Shepard – Family Law Attorney

Ever since MySpace and Facebook launched on the Internet, an ever growing amount of the population has turned to social media to share everything from pictures to status updates. Even here at Minick Law, P.C., we use a variety of social media websites and applications to connect with prospective, current, and past clients. However, with this rampant use of social media, how much sharing is too much? Specifically, how can social media affect my divorce?

Privacy on Social Media

With the growing use of social media, many people believe that the information they post is private and limited to the people that they share it with. Although this seems like a logical conclusion, in reality, the exact opposite is true. For the most part, everything you post or share is easily accessible with the right expertise and tools. Additionally, most Terms of Use on social media websites state that information shared on social media is not yours to own and is not considered private.

Social Media and Divorce

The privacy problems with social media also extend to divorce proceedings. Because the divorce process can be a difficult and contentious time, emotions and stress tend to run high. In dealing with these problems, potentially damaging statements can be made without thinking. More often then not, many people wind up posting negative messages or content on social media about their divorce. Typically, this is done to vent or to get opinions from there friends. However, this posting is not just between friends. It can easily be found, saved, and later brought up in court. This evidence could then harm your chances in everything from your separation agreement to child custody.

Evidence of Affairs

Social media has also become an effective tool for divorce lawyers to gather evidence of affairs by one of the spouses. Not only can social media show information about the different potential lovers a spouse may have through their friends list, but it can also find incriminating information including: pictures, locations the spouse has visited, and status updates that may show that a spouse was lying about their activities.

Takeaway

As it can be seen, the use of social media can produce a lot of information that an individual may not want to become public. Because of this, you should adopt the attitude that everything and anything you post online could one day show up at any time – especially in court. As such, when going through a divorce, you should generally avoid posting anything relating to your divorce or your spouse as it may negatively affect your case.

Contact Us

Contact Us at Minick Law Firm to set up a personalized consultation with one of our Divorce lawyers. After speaking with one of our lawyers, you will know the legal standing of your situation and what is best for you.

 

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