Today so much of our lives are shared through Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. It’s fun to keep in contact with family and friends and share photos of what keeps us busy., however, anyone going through a divorce or child custody case must be careful with social media.
Facebook and other similar sites can provide a wealth of information to the other side in these cases. It may be obvious to not post about alcohol abuse or use of drugs, but there are other seemingly innocent situations that can also be used.
Statements posted about the other party can be taken out of context and used to make inferences you did not intend. Photos of vacations can be used to show hidden assets or ability to pay child support. Some people, after the case is filed will set up dating profiles, but spouses must realize that adultery can occur anytime until the divorce is final.
Parties must also remember that even if something posted is limited with a privacy setting, the discovery process in a case may involve the release of all postings even those intended to be private.
It is important that parties going through a divorce, custody case, or other family law case be aware of the increasing role of social media sites and realize that the person must be extremely cautious about what they are posting to these accounts. The best strategy may be not to post anything at all.
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