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Social Media’s Impact On Your Family Law Case

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In today’s day and age, social media has become part of most people’s daily life. The majority Americans both young and old maintain some form of social media presence. While seemingly sharing may seem harmless at the time, social media posts and can alter the outcome of your case. If you are going through a divorce, adoption, or custody battle, you should always refrain from posting anything about your case. Anything you post can and likely will be used by the opposition to negatively affect your case.

Social media has interconnected the world in a way that would seem unimaginable to previous generations. While individuals may feel like they are only posting to their “friends,” your voice on social media is open to the world. It is well-known that “over-sharing” is frowned upon, but discussing your case can take this issue to another level. No matter what privacy setting you may have activated, your information can be accessed and the opposing attorney can use anything you wrote against you in a case.

You may be thinking that you do not post or would never post about something as sensitive as a divorce, but is important to be aware that damaging evidence can come in more forms than you may think. A simple post implying a big purchase can be used against you in a divorce and impact the division of your assets. Even a photo surfacing where you are at a work event and alcohol is visible can have adverse effects on your situation.

Protecting Yourself Online

The following are a few steps that you should take to help protect your social media accounts and ensure they do not have a role in how your family law case plays out:

  • Change your passwords to your social media accounts and the associated emails;
  • Remove social media friends who you do not know and trust;
  • Switch your privacy settings to the maximum level of protection the platform offers.

Should you feel the need to post, it is best to take a step back and think about exactly why you are wanting to post. Most of the time a few minutes away from the keyboard is all you need to lose the urge to post all together.

What Should You Do? 

A wise alternative would be to seek a therapist who you can speak with during your divorce. You will be able to speak freely in a confidential setting allowing you to get what you need to say off of your chest. This is a great alternative to posting about your situation online, and is a great step towards your new path in life as you are newly single.

Let Us Help You with Your Case 

In the event that you are going through a divorce, it is important to know that there is plenty of help available. There is no reason to brave the divorce process alone. By surrounding yourself with family and friends, while also seeking the counsel of a family law attorney, you can ensure that you are in the best state of mind during your divorce proceedings. You will be surrounded by loved ones while enjoying the peace of mind of knowing your case is being properly handled by your attorney. If you are in need of assistance contact attorney Sandra Bonfiglio in Fort Lauderdale. Attorney Bonfiglio is an experienced divorce attorney with the knowledge and expertise to effectively advocate on your behalf and ensure your needs are met. For a free consultation call 954-945-7591.

Resources:

prevention.com/sex/social-media-mistakes-during-divorce/slide/6

goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/issues/divorce

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